The Boston Celtics will not have guard Marcus Smart in the lineup for quite some time after he reportedly tore a tendon in his thumb.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported it first, noting the injury was being called a sprain but was still under scrutiny.
Right thumb injury to Celtics guard Marcus Smart — for now, called a sprain — is under scrutiny with medical staff, league sources tell ESPN. Still unclear if Smart can play through it — or will need to miss time.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2018
Shortly after this, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the tendon was torn, and that Smart will be seeking a second opinion.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has suffered a torn tendon in his right thumb, league sources tell Yahoo. He will have second opinions on his thumb and be out indefinitely.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2018
This is just awful news for the Celtics, who are also without star point guard Kyrie Irving right now (more on that here).
This injury marks the second time this year that Smart has been forced to miss extended time, the first being the unfortunate incident in which he punched a picture frame and lacerated his hand.
On the season, Smart is averaging nearly 30 minutes a game, putting up 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game.