Marcus Smart leaves Celtics game early with ankle injury (Video)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – FEBRUARY 15: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics is fouled by Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center on February 15, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Celtics point guard Smart Marcus left Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers early with an ankle injury. Driving to the basket in the second quarter, Smart landed on the foot of Sixers center Joel Embiid and instantly struggled to put weight on his left leg.
After a time out, Smart stayed in the game to shoot free throws but missed both courts. He was then helped off the floor, and soon after sent off by the Celtics with what the team described as a “sprained right ankle”.
Smart has started 49 games for the Celtics this year. He’s scoring 11.8 points per game this season while shooting 40.9 percent from the floor and leads the team with an average of 5.4 assists.
Among the many things going well for the Celtics during their eight-game winning streak, the team has remained healthy. Key players were available night after night, which was not the case for the team at the start of the season.
The good news for Smart and the Celtics is that the team has just one game left until Wednesday night’s all-star break against Detroit. That means, assuming nothing serious, Smart will have plenty of time to rest, with the Cs not returning to play until next Thursday in Brooklyn.
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