Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 02: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts during a game against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on February 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

Last time we saw Celtics point guard Marcus Smart, he was limping off the floor in Philadelphia after landing on Joel Embiid’s foot back on Feb. 15. The injury looked serious at the time, and Smart missed the Celtics’ next game against the Pistons – their final game before the All-Star break.

Nine days later though, it appears Smart is good to go and plans to play when the team returns from the All-Star break Thursday night in Brooklyn. “I’m feeling pretty good,” Smart shared speaking with Celtics media Thursday morning. “Honestly, the night of the injury was pretty harsh for me. Couldn’t put any pressure on it, but over the break – was able to get some sun, got in the pool and did some pool things to work on it. Swelling’s gone down, I’m just dealing with a bone bruise on it.”

Apparently, Smart is feeling healthy enough that he won’t even need a minutes restriction upon his return according to Celtics coach Ime Udoka. “I feel pretty confident, the staff feels pretty confident that I’m good to go,” Smart said, sharing at this point it’s just a matter of pain management. “It’s going to linger. It’s not going to prevent me from playing, it’s just a pain tolerance issue,” he continued. “It’s just who I am, it’s always what I’ve been able to do.”

Smart has been the Celtics’ primary point guard this year, playing in and starting 50 games. He’s averaging 11.7 points and 5,3 assists per game this season while shooting 41.1 percent from the floor.

The Celtics return from the All-Star break Thursday night taking on the Nets in Brooklyn. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m., with pregame coverage beginning at 7 on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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