Though Marcus Smart is dealing with a litany of ailments, most recently an oblique contusion suffered Sunday against the New York Knicks along with an illness he has been fighting, it won’t take him away from the court for long.
“I plan to play tonight,” Smart told the gathered media at this morning’s shootaround.
Smart added: “The oblique injury is feeling a lot better. Still sore, but the soreness is at a lower level. It really hasn't stopped me with my movements.”
Marcus Smart with a health update. pic.twitter.com/xnW2UIqVU2— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) December 6, 2019
Smart also doesn't plan on easing himself back into action when the C’s take on the Nuggets. Smart, who has guarded a plethora of big men across the NBA this season, could add another to the list as he anticipates getting at least an opportunity to guard Denver’s talented Nikola Jokic.
Marcus Smart testing that oblique. pic.twitter.com/QgSWkBzxNW— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) December 6, 2019
On the Gordon Hayward injury front, it appears Hayward is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken left hand sustained on Nov. 9 against the San Antonio Spurs, which he had surgically repaired just days later.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters that there’s a roughly 80 percent chance Hayward makes his return prior to the original targeted mark of Christmas. Hayward is expected to practice with the team this weekend as he has gone through drills against coaches, but has yet to do anything fully live.
Looks like the Hospital Celtics are well on the mend.