Add guard Marcus Smart to the list of Boston Celtics afflicted by injury or illness. Both ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Yahoo’s Shams Charania reported via Twitter this afternoon that Smart sprained his thumb during a loss to the Indiana Pacers Sunday, although Charania added more color to the diagnosis.
Right thumb injury to Celtics guard Marcus Smart -- for now, called a sprain -- is under scrutiny with medical staff, league sources tell ESPN. Still unclear if Smart can play through it -- or will need to miss time.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2018
Wojnarowski’s report alluded to the scene that took place during Sunday’s game. Smart injured his thumb while chasing a loose ball, a signature effort from the guard with a reputation for hustle plays. He then played through it and amassed a team-high 20 points, along with 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals in almost 36 minutes.
The accuracy in the tweet from Charania adds a sense of foreboding, although a slight muscle tear is the definition of strain.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has suffered a torn tendon in his right thumb, league sources tell Yahoo. He will have second opinions on his thumb and be out indefinitely.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2018
The timeline for Smart’s injury remains unclear.
For now, count Smart along with Kyrie Irving (knee soreness), Al Horford (illness), Jaylen Brown (concussion protocol), and Daniel Theis (torn meniscus).
UPDATE: Earlier this evening, the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy reported that Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge would not confirm the torn tendon mentioned by Charania.
Danny Ainge disputes report that Smart has a torn tendon, but says team doesn’t yet know if guard will need surgery.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) March 12, 2018