Boston Celtics

Jan 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) grabs for his left leg after being injured during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

The Celtics’ point guard injury issues continued in Saturday night’s loss to the Lakers. Early in the fourth quarter, Smart pulled up going for a rebound, left the game and didn’t return.

Smart was battling with Montrezl Harrell under the basket when the injury occurred. Harris landed on Smart’s foot coming down from a rebound, a play that usually results in an injury for the landing player. Instead, it was Smart who went down grabbing at his left leg. He would be helped to the locker room right from the floor.

Shortly after the injury, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Smart suffered a left calf strain, and would undergo an MRI on Sunday. As Smart’s situation gets sorted out, the team has a rare two-day break in their schedule. They don’t play again until Tuesday, when they begin a five-game, eight-day west coast road trip against the Warriors.

With injuries to Kemba Walker and Payton Pritchard early in the season, Smart has played a key role for the Celtics, starting 16 games. He’s averaged 13.6 points, six assists, and two steals per game.

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