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Celtics: Marcus Smart Could Return For Game 6 Against Bucks

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was spotted putting in some work before Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday afternoon.

According to the radio voice of the Celtics, Sean Grande, Smart is eyeing a return to the C's lineup on Thursday night in Game 6 of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs.

And last Thursday, president of basketball operations, Danny Aigne told 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Toucher & Rich' that "Marcus is at least a week away" from returning to game action.

So if we do the math, Smart could return to Celtics in Game 6 or 7 against the Bucks.

But wait. There's more!

BOSTON - Marcus Smart of the Celtics dribbles against the Phoenix Suns at TD Garden on December 2, 2017. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Smart told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe on Sunday, that "he will have his surgically repaired right thumb evaluated by a doctor in New York on Tuesday, and that he could then be cleared for a return to game action. And if he's cleared, he believes he will able to play in Game 6 against the Bucks on Thursday."

“We’re still on the same track. I’ve been doing everything but contact, so once I get the [go-ahead] and start doing contact, I’m ready for game action,” Smart continued on with Himmelsbach.

The C's guard went onto provide Himmelsbach with some details on his surgically repaired thumb.

“I think the thumb, the surgery did its job,” he said. “Thumb is holding up well. I feel ready. I feel strong enough to get back out there. I’m just waiting on the OK.”

Smart has been doing some running, jump shooting and other activities in preparation for his imminent return.

Boston could really use Smart right now after their lackluster display of defense in back-to-back losing efforts over the weekend.

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With his size, footwork and knack for getting after the basketball, Smart can guard any team's best player without question and hesitation.

Smart is that much needed ball handler the Celtics need at this point with Kyrie Irving out and Shane Larkin struggling.

The Celtics have been without Smart since March 14, after undergoing thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

On Tuesday night the Celtics will be looking to regain control of the series after the Bucks tied things up over the weekend.

Coming into Friday night's Game 3, the C's held a 2-0 series lead but it vanished by Sunday afternoon. The Bucks took Game 3 in convincing fashion. And on Sunday it came down to the final possession after the C's erased a 20-point deficit.

The Celts and Bucks will play Games 5 and 7 (if necessary) on Tuesday and Saturday in Boston. And Game 6 will be in Milwaukee on Thursday night.

UP NEXT: The Boston Celtics (55-27/2-2) continue their first round action against the Milwaukee Bucks (44-38/2-2) on Tuesday night in Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m.

-- By John 'The Dude' Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com

John Hardiman is a Digital Producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for John? Hit him up on Twitter @HardiDude or e-mail him at [email protected].

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