Smart (hand) has progressed to shooting with tape on his hand during practices, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.
Smart remains out through the All-Star break, though this is certainly an encouraging sign for his recovery. While he remains sidelined, Terry Rozier and Semi Ojeleye should continue seeing an uptick in workload, with Rozier being the main beneficiary.
Smart (hand) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Cavaliers and Wednesday's game against the Clippers, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.
Smart has been sidelined for the past two weeks with his hand laceration. Though he wasn't expected to play this week the team was holding out hope that he'd make a return before the All-Star Break. Coach Brad Stevens said the hope was for Smart to return after the break, but wouldn't go so far as to guarantee when Smart would return. Look for Terry Rozier and Semi Ojeleye to continue to see an increase in minutes while Smart is sidelined.
Smart (hand) will be re-evaluated Friday night but is expected to remain out until after the All-Star Break.
Smart is still recovering from a laceration in his right hand, which he suffered almost two weeks ago. With only three games left until the All-Star break, the consensus remains that Smart will be sidelined until after the festivities, which leaves Terry Rozier and Semi Ojeleye to remain as the main backcourt contributors off the bench for the next week.
Smart said Sunday that he required 20 stitches to seal his lacerated right hand, which he injured a little over a week ago after swiping at a picture frame on a hotel wall, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports. He expects to return to the court after the All-Star break.
Smart, who has already missed the Celtics' past six games -- including Sunday's contest against the Trail Blazers -- was initially expected to miss only two weeks after the injury was announced. However, after meeting with reporters Sunday for the first time since the hotel incident, Smart acknowledged that his hand injury was more severe than the team had let on, so he'll require more time to heal up and is tentatively targeting the Celtics' Feb. 23 tilt with the Pistons for his return to action. Smart's absence has come at an especially inconvenient time with starting point guard Kyrie Irving (quadriceps) missing the last three games and backcourt reserve Shane Larkin (knee) also ruled out through the All-Star break, resulting in Terry Rozier and rookie Semi Ojeleye assuming major minutes at guard.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Smart (hand), who has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers, won't join the team for its trip to Toronto ahead of Tuesday's tilt with the Raptors, A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston reports.
The Toronto game is the first of a two-game road trip for the Celtics, so it seems unlikely that Smart will meet up with the team for its subsequent contest Thursday in Washington. Smart, who has missed the Celtics' previous five games with a right hand laceration, looks like he could be at risk of being sidelined through the All-Star break, as Stevens said two days earlier that the fourth-year guard is about 10 days to two weeks away from playing again.
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