Marcus Smart out indefinitely after tearing tendon in thumb

Mar 11 2018 Boston MA USA Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 11 2018 Boston MA USA Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

And now, Marcus Smart is out indefinitely with a torn tendon in his right thumb. Smart is in integral part of Boston's overall success and his absence is another big blow to the Celtics bench.

The Celtics may have caught a break with Kyrie Irving's left knee soreness, which is believed to be no more than tendonitis and will not require much time off, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Smart will get a second opinion on the extent of the injury. Irving is expected to miss some time while his knee heals.

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Marcus Smart is being evaluated for a potentially torn tendon in his right thumb, two people with knowledge of the situation tell Celtics Wire.
. There have been some conflicting reports about Smart's thumb injury, but Danny Ainge appears to know what's going on, per the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy.

In his 36 minutes on Sunday night, Smart scored a team-high 20 points to go with eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals. As of Monday afternoon, they had not learned whether the guard will need surgery.

The Celtics are also dealing with an injury to second-year forward Jaylen Brown (concussion). Smart is averaging 10.2 points per game for the Celtics, and he is their best on-ball perimeter defender.

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