Boston Celtics managed to get back to their winning ways over the weekend, but it looks like they have lost guard Marcus Smart in the process. Smart suffered oblique injury in Sunday’s win against New York Knicks and will reportedly be out for at least several games.
Smart got injured in the third quarter of the Knicks’ game when he took a charge from Kevin Knox and got hit in the abdomen. The 25-year-old was taken out of the game and didn’t return.
It was first assumed that Smart injured his hip, but the player himself revealed after the game that he suffered an oblique injury.
“No, just in my oblique,” said Smart according to Boston Herald. “Right in the same spot that I tore last season. It wasn’t as bad as the tear, but it’s still sore and pretty tender. We’re just going to take it slow and day by day re-evaluate it (Monday), and see what we have to do.”
Marcus Smart had an oblique injury last season as well, which forced him to miss almost a month of action. This time he might not face a long break like that, but Smart admitted that he will miss some games.
“I think so. I think that might be it. That might be my final straw. We’ll see how it goes,” he added when asked whether it’s time for him to have some rest.
Smart is reportedly also dealing with several other smaller injuries including hip, ankles and finger issues. He is currently averaging a career-high 11.9 points to go with 3.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.