The Boston Celtics will be without Marcus Smart for the next two to three weeks due to a calf injury.
Smart suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter of Boston's one-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, falling to the floor after contesting a finish from Montrezl Harrell. After being ruled out for the remainder of the game with a calf strain, Smart underwent an MRI, which revealed a Grade I tear of his right medial gastrocnemius, the team Sunday announced.
Following the injury update, Smart took to his personal Twitter page, sharing that he would "be back in no time."
💛 be back in no time💛- marcus smart (@smart_MS3) January 31, 2021
The ☘️ squad got this!
Thanks for all the 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/FLNsyqD3W1
Smart, who has started in each of the 17 games in which he has appeared this season, is averaging a career-high 13.1 points and a team-best 6.1 assists, which is also a career-best for the seventh-year guard. The 26-year-old's biggest impact comes on the defensive end, as he's earned All-Defensive First Team selections in each of the last two seasons.
At 10-8, Boston currently owns the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference as it prepares to embark on a five-game Western Conference road trip. Per the expected injury timeline, the Celtics could be without Smart for the next seven to 12 games.
Stick with NBA.com for more updates surrounding Smart's injury and availability moving forward.
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