Smart (leg) is expected to remain out through the Celtics' upcoming five-game road trip, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports. Smart is no longer using crutches, but he continues to wear a bulky leg brace, per A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN. Coach Brad Stevens said it's all but a certainty that Smart misses all five games of the road trip, and he called Smart a "long shot" to return for one of the first two games following the road swing (Dec. 9, Dec. 11). As such, Smart should continue to be considered out indefinitely, and at this point it's unclear when, exactly, he could rejoin the team.
Smart (lower left leg) said Wednesday that he's without a definitive timetable for a return, but expects to miss more than the two weeks initially suggested earlier this week, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reports. According to Blakely's report, Smart has been using crutches along with a leg brace to aid his recovery from a subluxation (dislocation) of the proximal tibfib joint, which doesn't exactly paint an optimistic picture about his recovery. The Celtics will likely wait and see how he progresses over the next week before perhaps offering up a better estimation of how much time he might miss. For the time being, those who are holding Smart in shallower formats can probably cut bait, unless there's a IR spot available to stash him. While Smart remains sidelined, Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley should routinely receive 30-plus minutes per game, while bench players Evan Turner, Terry Rozier, and R.J. Hunter could see smaller bumps in playing time.
Smart (knee) is expected to miss at least the next two weeks, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports. Smart was already expected to miss Sunday's game, but will now be forced to remain sidelined for at least two weeks after re-evaluating his knee injury. With Smart sitting out, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas should hold down the starting backcourt positions. Evan Turner and Terry Rozier could see a bump in minutes as well.
Smart (knee) will not play Sunday in Brooklyn, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com reports. This is not a surprise considering Smart did not travel with the team. He hurt his knee in Friday's win over Brooklyn, but will not be able to help the Celtics do it again Sunday. It is unclear the timetable for Smart's return, but the earliest he could potentially return is Tuesday in Atlanta. Expect an update before then.
Smart will undergo an MRI on his knee, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports. While Martin did not have the knee wrapped after Friday's win over Brooklyn, coach Brad Evans said Martin will undergo an MRI after colliding with a Nets player, leaving his status for Sunday up in the air. Martin scored seven points on 2-of-5 shooting in 21 minutes Friday, adding two rebounds, four assists and a steal.
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