Is a five-game losing streak getting you down? Is watching the Celtics bumble away another big lead becoming a soul-crushing experience? Well you're in luck, because there is finally some good news to report!
Marcus Smart has been upgraded to probable for tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons. The rookie point guard has missed 10 games with a sprained ankle that he suffered nearly a month ago in a game against the Indiana Pacers. Given how severe the injury looked as Smart was carted off the court, the Celtics are fortunate to be getting him back relatively soon.
some encouraging news for Celtics: Marcus Smart (ankle) upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game vs. Detroit. Has missed last 10 games.— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) December 3, 2014
Smart is averaging only 6.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in just over 20 minutes per game this season, but he's been impressive with his tenacious defense. Despite the limited minutes, he's averaging 1.2 steals per game, which ranks behind only Rajon Rondo on the team.
Adding Smart back into the rotation will help solidify roles for the bench players and provide a solid two-way player that will strengthen a second unit that has been getting torched lately. The Celtics are high on Smart having a bright future, but he needs to stay on the court in order to continue his development.
Smart's upgraded status is an encouraging sign. Even if he doesn't suit up tonight, his return appears to be right around the corner. Hey, we'll take any good news we can get at this point!