As the NBA Playoffs approach, teams begin to assess the wear and tear to their rosters for a playoff run. The Celtics have been bit by the injury bug again — as it has been reported Marcus Smart tore his oblique.
On Sunday, Marcus Smart left the game against the Magic after going down with a leg injury early in the contest. It was originally reported that Smart had a hip contusion and would only be day-to-day. This afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has reported that Smart tore his oblique and could miss the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Marcus Smart has suffered a torn oblique on left side and could be sidelined for the first two rounds of the playoffs, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 10, 2019
This is a tough blow to the Celtics, who lost Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward for last year’s playoff run. Smart is crucial for the Celtics, bringing one the best defensive skill sets in the NBA. The Celtics will draw the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, which is tough even with Smart. For the Celtics rotation, Smart is a huge part of their winning formula setting the playoff tone on defense and getting clutch buckets on the other end. Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward will need to step up in his absence.
Smart, 25, averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 4 assists per game during the 2018-19 regular season. Smart also added 1.8 steals on the defensive end.