Smart, due to minor injuries, will sit out Team USA's remaining games, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Smart is dealing with a left knuckle injury (X-rays came back negative) along with quad and calf soreness, and he'll opt to mitigate the risk of further injury. The decision is understandable, especially since Team USA lost to France and will be fighting for consolation victories.
Smart played in both of the United States' last two games in the FIBA World Cup, signaling that he's moved past the strained left quadriceps muscle he dealt with last week.
The injury prevented Smart from playing in last Thursday's victory over Japan, but his absence was believed to be precautionary more than anything else after he had previously missed time in August with a left calf strain. Smart should be available for the remainder of Team USA's upcoming games and will likely be a full participant when the Celtics begin training camp.
Smart (quad) did not play in Thursday's FIBA World Cup win over Japan.
Smart is dealing with a strained left quad, which comes on the heels of the strained left calf he suffered during Team USA minicamp. With an inferior opponent on the schedule -- USA won 98-45 -- Smart's absence was likely just precautionary.
Smart (calf) has been fully cleared to return to on-court work with Team USA, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports.
Smart had been sidelined for the better part of the last two weeks with a calf injury, but he'ls been cleared to return to team activities as of Monday and appears to be on track to be available for the FIBA World Cup at the end of the month.
Smart (calf) stated on Friday night's NBA TV broadcast that he's "100 percent confident" that he'll be ready to play by the start of the World Cup, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Smart has been slowed during camp due to a tight calf, though the guard doesn't anticipate missing any World Cup action. Even so, the team will likely exercise caution with Smart to ensure he doesn't make the injury any worse by returning before he's ready.
Smart is sidelined indefinitely at Team USA camp due to a tight calf, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports.
Smart has been battling the issue for the last few days, and he'll now be shut down temporarily until the team re-evaluates him at some point next week. That means Smart will miss Friday's intra-squad scrimmage, and his status could be in jeopardy for the following week's tune-up game against Spain in California.
Smart will remain on a minutes limit for Wednesday's Game 5, Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.
Smart, who returned to action in Game 4, will still be somewhat limited according to coach Brad Stevens. For context, Smart saw 15 minutes in Game 4 while he averaged 27.5 during the regular season. Ultimately Smart's likely to see an uptick in run compared to Monday and could see a greater boost depending on his play.
Smart said he hopes to play longer stints in Wednesday's Game 5 against Milwaukee than he did in Game 4, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Smart made his return to action in Monday's Game 4 -- almost a full month after he last took the floor before suffering an oblique injury against the Magic on April 7. While Smart connected on a three-pointer in the first half, it would prove to be his only basket of the game, and he finished 1-of-7 from three while failing to attempt a single two-pointer. It's possible Smart could see a slight bump in minutes Wednesday, but the Celtics may lean toward more consistent shooters after converting only 9-of-41 three-point attempts as a team in Game 4.
Smart (oblique) posted three points (1-7 FG, 1-7 3Pt), two assists, one rebound and one steal in 15 minutes off the bench Monday in the Celtics' 113-101 loss to the Bucks in Game 4 of the series.
Back in action approximately one month after tearing a side muscle in the penultimate game of the regular season, Smart struggled to make an impact on either end during his time on the court. Smart should gradually take on more playing time as he becomes further removed from the injury, but he may only have one more opportunity to suit up this season with the Celtics on the brink of elimination.
Smart (oblique) will play in Game 4 against Milwaukee on Monday night.
After battling through an oblique injury that he suffered during one of Boston's final regular-season contests, Smart has gained clearance to return to game action, and he's done so much sooner than initially expected. He averaged 8.9 points along with 4.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds over 80 games during the 2018-2019 campaign and served as the starting shooting guard for the Celtics, although it's been decided that he'll come off the bench in Game 4. Head coach Brad Stevens noted that while Smart won't be on a minutes restriction, he'll play "short stints," according to the play-by-play announcer of the Boston Celtics, Sean Grande.
Smart (oblique) could end up being a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4 against Milwaukee, Marc D'Amico of Celtics.com reports.
Smart went through practice Sunday and sounded optimistic about his chances to return Monday, stating that the only hurdle remaining was waking up without pain. The Celtics haven't commented on Smart's availability yet -- he remains questionable on the injury report -- and it sounds as though they'll wait until closer to game time to issue an update. "He's a big, big part of our team," Irving said of Smart on Sunday. "He alleviates a lot of different pressures out there throughout the game, makes my job a lot easier."
Smart (oblique) is considered questionable for Game 4 against the Bucks on Monday, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
This is more good news for the Celtics, as Smart went through 3-on-3 drills Saturday and was finally cleared for full contact Sunday. He's certainly trending in the right direction at this point, although a final decision on his status for Game 4 won't be made until closer to tipoff.
Smart (oblique) is hopeful to play in Monday's Game 4 against Milwaukee.
Smart's recovery has progressed much more quickly than expected, and as of Sunday he's been cleared for full contact. Smart went though 3-on-3 work at practice Saturday, and the Celtics will now wait to see how he feels Monday morning before issuing an update.
Smart (oblique) participated in one-on-one contact work Thursday against an assistant, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
Smart will presumably still be out for Friday's Game 3 against the Bucks, but it appears his recovery is going well. Chances are, given the initial timetable for his recovery, Smart's return would occur in a potential Conference Finals matchup.
Smart (oblique) is listed as out for Game 1 against the Bucks on Sunday, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
As expected Smart won't play in Game 1. He recently began running again and isn't projected to return until at least the Conference Finals.
Smart (oblique) progressed to running on a treadmill Tuesday, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Smart remains out indefinitely while working back from a relatively severe oblique injury, which kept him out of Round 1 and is expected to sideline him for the entirety of Round 2, as well. Smart was initially given a 4-to-6-week timetable after sustaining the injury late in the regular season, though coach Brad Stevens referred to that projection as "aggressive," so the Celtics will likely have to advance to the Conference Finals, or beyond, for Smart to return to the floor this season. Nonetheless, the fact that he's been cleared to resume running ahead of schedule represents a step in the right direction.
Coach Brad Stevens didn't sound overly optimistic Thursday when asked about Smart's (oblique) recovery, calling the guard's projected 4-to-6-week timetable "aggressive," Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Stevens could simply be tempering expectations, but it's nonetheless discouraging for the Celtics, who lost Smart midway through Sunday's loss to the Magic. Smart will miss all of Round 1 against Indiana, and as of now it appears Boston is bracing to be without its best perimeter defender for most -- if not all -- of Round 2, assuming the Celtics advance.
Smart has been diagnosed with a torn left oblique and could be sidelined for the first two rounds of the postseason, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Early indications for Smart by general manager Danny Ainge suggested the guard might be ready for Game 1, but it turns out Smart has suffered a significant injury. One of the top defensive players in the league, Smart's absence will undoubtedly affect the Celtics in Round 1. In looking for a replacement, coach Brad Stevens will likely turn to Jaylen Brown to take over a significant amount of Smart's minutes. It's possible Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier share the floor more as well.
General manager Danny Ainge said Wednesday that Smart (oblique) is considered day-to-day heading into the Celtics' first-round playoff series against the Pacers this weekend, Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.
Boston held out seven players with listed injuries in the regular-season finale Tuesday against the Wizards, but only Smart's status is in any question heading into the postseason. Ainge suggested Smart's situation may not even be all that dire, as he left open the possibility for the defensive-minded guard to practice Thursday. Expect the Celtics to provide an update on Smart's outlook for Game 1 -- which will likely fall Sunday -- following Thursday's session.
Smart (oblique) won't play Tuesday against Washington, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Smart will be sidelined for the last game of the regular season while the Celtics continue to monitor his oblique injury. Though Boston's injury list is lengthy for Tuesday evening, Smart's injury may be the only one worth worrying about heading into the postseason.
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