Boston Celtics

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - FEBRUARY 15: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics is fouled by Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter shoots over at Wells Fargo Center on February 15, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Celtics point guard Marcus Smart left Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers early with an ankle injury. Driving to the basket in the second quarter, Smart landed on the foot of Sixers center Joel Embiid, and instantly had trouble putting weight on his left leg.

After a timeout, Smart stayed in the game to shoot free throws but missed both short. He was then helped off the floor, and soon after ruled out by the Celtics with what the team described as a ‘right ankle sprain.’

Smart has started 49 games for the Celtics this year. He’s scoring 11.8 points per game this season while shooting 40.9 percent from the floor, and leads the team averaging 5.4 assists.

Among the many things going right for the Celtics during their current eight-game winning streak, the team has stayed healthy. Key players have been available night in and night out, which wasn’t he case for the team early in the season.

The good news for Smart and the Celtics is the team has just one more game before the All-Star break, Wednesday night against Detroit. That means, assuming nothing serious, Smart will have plenty of time to rest up with the C’s not returning to play until next Thursday in Brooklyn.

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