Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart unlikely to play before All-Star break

Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart unlikely to play before All-Star break

Celtics’ guard Marcus Smart will likely remain out until after the All-Star break, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Smart suffered a calf strain on Jan. 30.

He was having his best NBA season, including career highs in points (13.1), assists (6.1) and steals (1.8) being among the best in the defensive end for Boston.

Since his injury, the Celtics are on a 5-7 record. Payton Pritchard will continue to receive additional minutes along with Kemba Walker in the backcourt of Boston’s team.

The latest lose to the Pelicans after leading with 24 points is a great example of what the Celtics missing with Smart out. Boston was unable to get the much-needed stops to put the game beyond reach in the second half.

Smart is also the leader of the team being among the oldest players in the roster. The Celtics will need to find help from their bench ahead of the trade deadline to be considered a legit contender.

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