The Boston Celtics are set to host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals tonight. The Celtics have gotten a pretty substantial injury boost heading into the game.
On Monday afternoon, the Celtics announced that shooting guard Marcus Smart would be active for the game. The 25-year-old shooting guard has been inactive in each of Boston’s seven playoff games to this point.
Smart has been battling an oblique injury for weeks. He has not seen the court since the Celtics’ game against Orlando in early April.
The 2018-19 season saw Smart receive more starts, but spend less time per game on the court. He finished the season with four-year lows in points per game and rebounds per game.
Celtics have announced that Marcus Smart is available to play in Game 4 tonight. pic.twitter.com/kpoCziqJYE
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 6, 2019
The No. 6 overall pick by the Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft, Smart earned All-Rookie Second-Team honors in 2015 after an impressive first year in the league.
Smart continued to improve year after year, putting up new career highs in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
He has been averaging 8.9 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, and 4.0 assists per game this season, and had four games of 20 or more points.
Milwaukee leads the series 2-1 heading into tonight’s game.
Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals will be played at 7:00 p.m. EST on TNT.