Marcus Smart out indefinitely after tearing tendon in thumb

Mar 11 2018 Boston MA USA Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 11 2018 Boston MA USA Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

At issue is the initial diagnosis of Dr. Brian McKeon, the Celtics team physician who has told Smart he suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Shortly after this, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the tendon was torn, and that Smart will be seeking a second opinion.

Smart hit the Garden floor often during Sunday night's loss to the Indiana Pacers, but one first-half battle for the ball in particular had a foreboding effect in the form of a jammed thumb. Irving is expected to miss some time while his knee heals. With Marcus Smart (thumb) also out, look for Terry Rozier to play big minutes as Shane Larkin backs him up off the bench. "It's like a sprain right now".


Theis was averaging 5.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 63 games this season, playing behind Al Horford and Greg Monroe. Despite making a season-high-tying six of his 12 3-point attempts on Sunday, Smart is shooting just 30.1 percent from long distance this season and 36.7 percent overall.

Danny Ainge indicated that the Boston Celtics aren't going to rush Kyrie Irving back from injury in response to a growing list of sidelined players.

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