UPDATE: Marcus Smart was not listed on the Celtics’ injury report on Wednesday.
When the Celtics return from the All-Star break on, they’ll do so with a major addition to the lineup. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Smart said he plans to play in the team’s first game of the second half on Thursday in Brooklyn.
Head coach Brad Stevens was a bit more cautious, saying “I know [Smart] said he’s playing soon. He might. I still have to talk to the training staff.” Stevens added Smart will be on a minutes restriction “for several games” when he returns.
Smart hasn’t played since January 30, when he injured his calf late in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. At the time the expectation was he would miss two to three weeks.
Since losing Smart the Celtics have gone 9-9, which includes a three-game losing streak and four-game winning streak. They’ve been stretched extremely thin at point guard at times, with Payton Pritchard also dealing with an injury early in Smart’s absence, and Kemba Walker still not playing back-to-back games.
Before getting hurt, Smart was one of the Celtics most consistent players this season. In 17 games – all starts – he was averaging a career-high 13.1 points per game with six assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
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