Report: Marcus Smart cleared to play Friday against Pistons

By Jesse Reed

It’s been a few weeks since Marcus Smart lacerated his hand punching a picture frame, and according to a report he’s finally ready to play for the Boston Celtics now that his hand has healed.

According to A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports, Smart has been cleared to practice Thursday night and to play on Friday against the Detroit Pistons.

Smart is coming back at a good time, as Boston lost four of its last five games and gave up a combined 250 points in the final two games before the All-Star break.

For a while there, it looked like the Celtics were going to move Smart in a trade, but no deal was struck. So now he’ll return for the home stretch, which isn’t a bad thing. This season, Smart has averaged 10.1 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.6 rebounds in over 30 minutes per game.