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Marcus Smart officially cleared to play Friday vs Pistons

The Celtics are set to get an injection of energy from Smart as they return to action after the All-Star break.

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A. Sherrod Blakely reported Wednesday that Celtics guard Marcus Smart had a private workout with the team and was ultimately cleared to practice again and return to the court Friday in Detroit.

Smart missed the last 11 games leading up to the All-Star break after suffering right hand lacerations as a result of striking a picture frame in the team’s LA hotel. Boston has gone 6-5 in those games, including a three-game losing streak in which the Celtics gave up an average of 115 points.

Brad Stevens hinted at rotation changes to get the team back on track after the break, so it is possible that Smart comes into a new role after missing substantial time.

The Celtics and Pistons tip off on Friday at 7 p.m. EST in Detroit as Boston looks to close out its regular season strong despite a recent skid.

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