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  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (left oblique tear) will continue to be on a minutes limit in Wednesday's Game 5 vs. the Bucks.

    Smart is coming back from a very serious injury and will continue to see reduced minutes in tonight's must-win game for the Celtics. Smart only played 15 minutes in his first game back and is likely to play near that amount in tonight's game.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (left oblique tear) feels fine after returning in a limited fashion in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks.

    Smart only finished with 15 minutes on the night, but it looks like that was by design and not because of a setback. Smart showed rust as he returned earlier than expected from his oblique tear. With the Celtics backed up against the wall heading into Wednesday's Game 5, we assume Smart will give the team everything he can.

    Source: Chris Grenham on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (left oblique tear) showed plenty of rust in his return on Monday night as he hit just one of his seven shots and ended with three points, one board, two dimes, one steal and one trey in 15 minutes.

    Smart received a great ovation when he checked in after having missed the past month with his injury. However, that was the high point for him tonight. Maybe he'll have a little more in Wednesday's Game 5. Other ineffective Celtics were Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier who were each 1-for-5 from the floor for two points.

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (left torn oblique) will not have a minutes restriction on Monday, but will play in "short stints" according to coach Brad Stevens.

    Smart was recently cleared to play and was deemed available, but now we know a little more on how he'll be used upon return. It's a big win for the Celtics that Smart was able to return before Malcolm Brogdon (foot). The Celtics will try to even the series at two games a piece in Monday's Game 4.

    Source: Sean Grande on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) has been cleared to play for Game 4 against the Bucks on Monday.

    Smart has missed all of the playoffs, but should now be able to give the Celtics a boost as they try to even up the series on Monday. The Celtics have found success with a shortened rotation since Smart has been out, but Smart always brings toughness and defense that the Celtics could use at guard right now.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) is officially questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks.

    Smart was hopeful to play and it looks like the team's doctors are too. His return is going to change things dramatically on the defensive end, and the Celtics are going to get a big lift from their heart-and-soul player whenever he does return.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) is "hopeful" about returning for Game 4 on Monday vs. the Bucks.

    Smart had a 4-6 week timetable and the Celtics are down 2-1 so they'll need all the help they can get. He's provides a big defensive presence for the Celtics on the perimeter and he's going to provide the toughness that the C's are lacking right now. Stay tuned for update closer to tip-off tomorrow.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) is scheduled to have his first return to contact during Sunday’s practice.

    Sunday is the four-week mark of Smart’s 4-to-6 week timetable so it looks like he’s been progressing as planned. Smart has missed all of the playoffs so far (and will miss Friday’s Game 3) and while there’s a chance he play in Monday’s Game 4, the Celtics will have to see how he responds to contact. We should have an update after Sunday’s practice.

    Source: Boston Herald

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (left torn oblique) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's Game 3 against the Bucks.

    Smart has missed the entire postseason but the Celtics have been able to play great basketball without their gritty veteran. We will need to continue to monitor his status throughout this series as he has a chance to play as the series continues. However, being ruled out a day ahead of the game increases the likelihood that he may miss additional games.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) was able to get in more work after practice on Thursday with drills, 1-on-1's and some 2-on-1's.

    Smart continues to increase his work as he looks towards making a return. Coach Brad Stevens said earlier in the week that he didn't see any way that Smart could return before his 4-6 week timetable, but Smart looks to be pushing towards the early end of that timeline.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said that he doesn't see any way that Marcus Smart (oblique) can return to the floor before he reaches his initial 4-6 week timetable.

    This pours cold water on any dwindling optimism there may have been that the always gritty Smart could return early. Don't plan on him making an appearance, if at all, until a potential Game 6 or 7.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) will miss Sunday's Game 1 against the Bucks, as expected.

    Smart isn't likely to return before the tail end of this series, so this is just some official confirmation rather than a significant update.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    On Friday, Celtics GM Danny Ainge reiterated that Marcus Smart (oblique) would not be available against the Bucks early in the series.

    This isn't surprising at all and we had generally known this information. If the Celtics are lucky, Smart might find time if this series stretches into Games 6 and 7.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    On Wednesday Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (torn oblique) is "doing great."

    That's nice, but it's not much of an update. Smart was able to do some light shooting and treadmill work yesterday but we're still not expecting to see him until the tail end of the second round at the earliest. His tenacity and perimeter defense will be missed dearly in Boston's matchup with the Bucks.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart was able to do some light shooting during Tuesday's practice.

    Smart was able to run on the treadmill before shooting, as he increases his activity level as the day goes on. Smart is looking to return to the Celtics earlier than projected.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter