Tatum Hopeful For Game 1, Smart Misses Practice

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum celebrates a dunk against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis Friday

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum celebrates a dunk against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis Friday

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has a torn left oblique and could miss the first two rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Boston issued a statement Wednesday night saying Smart would resume basketball activities in four to six weeks, a timeline that could sideline him through the team's first-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers and, if they advance, a likely second-round matchup against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

Smart was injured in a home loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Fortunately for Boston, it is very deep with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford providing some much-needed stability, but against a scrappy team in IN, the Celtics' job could be a little bit harder. Tatum's MRI came back clean, and he hopes to be available for Boston's first playoff game.

George hits game-winner as Thunder rally to beat Rockets
In order to do that though, they have to win, so the game against Oklahoma City isn't a throwaway for Houston. Short forward George bagged 27 points and sucked in nine rebounds, as well as providing three assists.

The 25-year-old Oklahoma State product started 60 of his 80 games this season.

Smart is a key part of Boston's gameplan.

Look for Jaylen Brown or Gordon Hayward to fill his spot in the starting lineup for the time-being with an increased role from reserve guard Terry Rozier off the bench. He's also been an above-average 3-point shooter for the first time in his career, making it much more hard for teams to leave him wide open. He tried to stay in the game but on the very next possession, collapsed in pain and had to be taken off the floor.

Recommended News

  • Academic founders of pro-democracy movement convicted

    Academic founders of pro-democracy movement convicted

    In his summary of the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Johnny Chan said civil disobedience was not a defence to a criminal charge. But Hong Kong judges have since faced mounting pressure from Beijing to hand down heavier sentences to deter future protests.
    Alphabet launches its Wing drone delivery service in Australia

    Alphabet launches its Wing drone delivery service in Australia

    The company has been making trial deliveries by drone for the past year and a half in Canberra without making any mistakes. Wing has also uploaded a video showing a testimonial from a woman who has participated in the drone delivery trials.
    Patriots Sign TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to One-Year Contract

    Patriots Sign TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to One-Year Contract

    In need of tight end help, the New England Patriots and free agent Austin Seferian-Jenkins have reached a contract agreement. The Patriots have yet to make the move official, though Seferian-Jenkins confirmed he was signing with the team on Instagram.
  • Julian Assange being spied on in Ecuadorean embassy

    Julian Assange being spied on in Ecuadorean embassy

    Specifically, he insisted that Assange shouldn't meddle in the politics of other states, especially Ecuador's partners. Ejecting him from the embassy would be a clear violation of his Ecuadorean citizenship and asylum rights.
    Online platforms to face new 'duty of care' in the UK

    Online platforms to face new 'duty of care' in the UK

    The Government is now consulting on some aspects of its proposals, although it appears committed to its basic proposed regime. The new duty is to be set out in new legislation which the government has said it will introduce to address online harms .
    Hypersonic Rocket Engine Passes Testing Milestone

    Hypersonic Rocket Engine Passes Testing Milestone

    In its next test, Reaction Engines plans to subject the HTX to air at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (1,000 degrees Celsius). Reaction Engines, based in Oxfordshire, has successfully tested the new technology at the simulated speed.
  • Budweiser’s emotional Dwyane Wade tribute hits you right in the tear ducts

    Budweiser’s emotional Dwyane Wade tribute hits you right in the tear ducts

    The 37-year-old superstar has already made it no secret since the start of the season that he is on his last playing year with the Heat.
    Notre Dame's Jackie Young enters WNBA

    Notre Dame's Jackie Young enters WNBA

    Young, who will turn 22 at the end of the year, shot over 55 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range. With her decision, all five Notre Dame starters from this season will be draft-eligible.
    New interactive videos are coming, where you're in control — YouTube

    New interactive videos are coming, where you're in control — YouTube

    Relles is leaving his previous role as Head of Unscripted, a position he's held since June 2015, to head up the new division. But the storyline has taken another turn today as YouTube has announced a foray into choose-your-own-adventure programming.
  • Israel election: Netanyahu poised to form new right-wing coalition

    Israel election: Netanyahu poised to form new right-wing coalition

    Netanyahu said on Saturday that he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he won another term in office. Despite the loss, he said he was satisfied with the votes his party achieved weeks after its formation.
    Briefing: Foldable 5G smartphone Mate X arrives at official Huawei store

    Briefing: Foldable 5G smartphone Mate X arrives at official Huawei store

    If you want to know more about how a foldable phone actually feels and operates check out our Huawei Mate X video preview below. This pattern was pushed to the standard when Samsung uncovered its plans about launching a cell phone with a foldable screen.
    Police believe body found, woman dead in hospital is missing couple

    Police believe body found, woman dead in hospital is missing couple

    The pair, of Mount Vernon, New York, stayed at the all-inclusive Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa resort in Samaná from 23- 27 March. National Police spokesman Frank Felix Duran said that fishermen found a man's body in the water off San Souci on March 31.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.