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Injury updates: Smart out 2-3 weeks with ankle sprain, Rondo has screw removed

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For Marcus Smart, it looked worse than it actually might be.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Anybody else still holding their breath?  Here's what we know so far:

At his presser, Stevens sounded cautiously optimistic and said, "I've seen some (brutal) injuries in my time... It doesn't sound like it from the early indications."  It sounds like the rookie and the team may have dodged a bullet here, but we won't know definitely until tomorrow.  This is just a wild guess, but it looks like we're talking about either a grade 2 or grade 3 sprain and I doubt we see Marcus before Christmas.  That's about 20+ games he'll miss, but it could certainly be worse.  Get well, kid.

UPDATE:

Phew.  I knew this kid was tough, but if it really is only two weeks (even if it's three weeks, that's only eight games), Marcus Smart is Wolverine tough.

On the Rondo front:

The uncertainty with Smart's injury is understandable, but this came out of the blue.  After tomorrow's game in Chicago, the team doesn't play until Wednesday night back in Boston.  Why not get the screw taken out on Sunday?  To date, it was Rondo's worse game statistically.  Was it bothering him during the game today?  Why did he sit over nine minutes of a very close fourth quarter?  I went back and watched the few plays before he was pulled in favor of Phil Pressey and I didn't see Rondo favor his left hand at all.

UPDATE #2:

Here's the official word from the Celtics:

The Boston Celtics announced today that Celtics guard Rajon Rondo underwent a successful procedure to remove the screws from his surgically repaired left hand. The surgery was performed by Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon and was assisted by Dr. Hervey Kimball at New England Baptist Hospital this morning. He is out for tonight's game against Chicago, but is expected to be available vs. Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Additionally, Celtics guard Marcus Smart underwent an MRI last night at New England Baptist Hospital and results confirmed a left ankle sprain with bone bruising. He is expected to be out for the next two to three weeks.

Double phew.