Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart will miss approximately two weeks after lacerating his right hand in a non-basketball incident prior to Wednesday night’s 113-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
“Following evaluation by Doctors Tony Schena and Drew Terono at New England Baptist Hospital, it was determined that Smart’s timeline for a return to action is approximately two weeks,” according to a statement from the Celtics.
Friday afternoon Marcus Smart posted a tweet apologizing to the organization and Green Teamers for his recent outburst at the team hotel.
I want to take this time to express my sincerest apologies to my teammates, coaches, and most of all the amazing Boston Celtics fans. I'm embarrassed and disappointed in my actions. I swiped at and hit a picture frame on the wall. I feel like I let all y'all down— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) January 26, 2018
I promise I will learn from this situation and come back better than ever. I love y'all and I truly appreciate all the support— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) January 26, 2018
This isn’t the first time Smart went off the rails during or following a game.
So Marcus Smart cut his hand on a picture frame in Beverly Hills Wednesday -- exactly a year to the day after he argued with coaches and punched a hole in the locker room wall in Washington.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) January 26, 2018
On January 24, 2019, Marcus needs to call in sick.
“Disappointed, as you can imagine,” Coach Brad Stevens said of Smart’s actions. “That’s probably the right word for it. It is what it is. Our other guys will be looking forward to the challenge tomorrow.”
“Obviously, he’s a very passionate person and didn’t handle his emotions correctly [this week],” Stevens said. “That’s something that we’ll talk about more with him and go from there.”
More on Al Horford’s injury: “Horford confirms that he did not suffer a concussion and fully participated in today’s practice,” according to the Celtics’ twitter accouunt. And Amanda Pflugrad of NBC Sports Boston says, “Horford said he plans to play tomorrow night against the Warriors.”
UP NEXT: The Celtics (35-14) continue their West coast trip Saturday night against the top-ranked Golden State Warriors (39-10). Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:30 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com