Smart has been cleared from the coronavirus since Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Smart took to his personal Twitter account Sunday night to announce that he was cleared by the Massachusetts Department of Health on Friday. This is, of course, great news for Smart and the Celtics, but it remains very much unclear when we may see the defensive-minded guard on the court again.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens relayed Friday that Smart (illness) is doing well following his positive test for the coronavirus a week earlier, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports. "Great. He's great. Great spirits. Joking as always," Stevens said. Smart is one of five known NBA players to have tested positive for COVID-19, with the first three of those players whose identities were revealed (Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood) all having since received full clearance from doctors. Based on Stevens' comments, Smart could receive clearance of his own within the next few days, seemingly putting him on track to be ready to play whenever the NBA resumes its season.
Smart revealed Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Smart revealed that he was tested five days ago and has been self-quarantining. In his post about the news, Smart elaborates that he hasn't been showing symptoms and encourages everyone to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Smart went for 29 points (9-23 FG, 6-15 3Pt, 5-6 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 37 minutes during Friday's 99-94 loss against the Jazz. Smart has taken advantage of his recent move to the starting lineup, as he has averaged 19.0 points in his last nine starts. He is not doing it at a very efficient rate -- 37.6 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from deep -- but he makes up for that with his contributions in other areas of the game such as rebounds, assists and steals.
Smart recorded 18 points (5-15 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 8-8 FT), two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes in Wednesday's 112-106 win versus the Cavaliers. Smart had an ugly shooting night (33.3 percent), but saw a season-high eight free-throw makes and was perfect from the charity stripe. Jaylen Brown (hamstring), Gordon Hayward (knee) and Kemba Walker (knee) all missed this contest. Brown has already been ruled out for Friday night's matchup with Jazz, and there is a chance that at least one of Walker or Hayward also misses this contest. Smart will start again and should play huge minutes against a Utah defense that has been struggling since the All-Star break.
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