Celtics' Smart out 4-6 weeks with torn oblique muscle

Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart leaves the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Boston Sunday

Celtics' Smart out 4-6 weeks with torn oblique muscle

The Celtics, as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, will have home court in the best-of-seven series against the Pacers, who are the fifth seed.

Smart will resume basketball activities in 4 weeks.

We have some bad news on the Boston Celtics front. In 80 appearances this season, Smart averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and four assists per.

The Athletic's Celtics reporter Jay King reported that Tatum was hopeful of being available for Game 1 against the Pacers after completing practice on Wednesday. Jaylen Brown will likely take his place in the lineup. The 21-year-old's partnership with Kyrie Irving, who will be playing his first playoff match for the Celtics after missing last season with injury, will be key if they are to make a deep run in the playoffs. (Yeah, same.) The injury occurred at 6:44 in the third quarter of Sunday's game against Orlando, following contact with the Magic's Nikola Vucevic. And it happened on a unusual play, as Smart collided with Magic center Nikola Vucevic while chasing Evan Fournier down the lane, then crashed to the ground, holding his side.

Smart has been the team's starting shooting guard for much of the season, serving as the defensive stopper and enforcer. "We've thought ever since he got here that he's one of the best defenders in the league". He felt good going through warmups and tried to play, but the injury started bothering him during the game and he was removed.

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