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Injury update: Marcus Smart will likely play on Friday

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Smart is inching his way back onto the court.

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Good news for anyone who missed seeing Marcus Smart harassing opposing guards.  The rookie point guard should be able to practice on Wednesday which would put him on a path to possibly playing on Friday.  Just don't expect him to be full speed right away.

Smart may be ready to return to Celtics on Friday | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

"That's a high possibility I practice [Wednesday]," Smart said on Tuesday from South Lawrence (Mass.) Elementary School for a "Teaming Up Against Cancer" pep rally. "Have to wake up [Wednesday], see what this ankle is doing, go from there and give it a shot. "I'm not going to be 100 percent for a very long time," Smart said. "It's just kind of picking and choosing the right percentage to actually go out there and play . . . and give it your all and play like you will without compensating."

Smart was speaking from the heart at that pep rally because the cause is very near and personal to his heart.

'Teaming Up Against Cancer' rally hits home for Smart | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

"My oldest brother (Todd Westbrook) had cancer. He battled it 18 years. It's personal," Smart said. "It took a toll on my family. He was the oldest. He taught me and my other brothers a lot." As Smart scans the room, filled with kids of all sizes, shapes and color, it was hard for him to not recall when he was their age, which is around the time his brother died. "Seeing these kids . . . it almost brings tears to your eyes," said Smart, who was about 10 years old at the time of his brother's death. "Somebody so young understands, that they can make a difference."

Great to see him making an effort to reach out to these kids.