On the last night of the NBA regular season, one of the playoff-bound teams in the Eastern Conference just got brutal news. The Celtics may be without Marcus Smart for a while.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has a torn oblique. He'll be out for as much as two rounds of the NBA Playoffs.
The Celtics will face the Indiana Pacers in the first round. It is brutal news for the storied franchise.
If the Boston Celtics advance against the Pacers, they may be without Marcus Smart against top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
The Pacers are without their star guard, Victor Oladipo, who suffered a season-ending injury earlier in the year. The team played well without him for much of the year, holding on to one of the five top spots in the conference when many expected them to tumble out of the playoff picture.
They have stumbled down the block entering the playoffs though.
The Celtics ended their season at 49-33 to clinch the fourth seed. Smart appeared in 80 games, logging 60 starts, and was fifth on the team in minutes played.
The versatile guard scored 8.9 points a game, and added four assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game.
The Celtics have a number of strong guard options outside of Smart, but few have his defensive versatility, and the team has struggled to really mesh on the court at times this year.