Report: Celtics guard Smart to return in late-April

NBA.com Global on Apr 10, 2018 07:54 AM
Report: Celtics guard Smart to return in late-April
BOSTON, MA - MAY 2: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics goes for a lay up during the game against the Washington Wizards during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA.com staff report

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart remains on track to return from injury in late-April, according to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Smart has been sidelined since March 11 (Mar. 12, PHL time) with a torn right UCL tendon in his thumb. After surgery to repair the tendon, the Celtics said Smart would need six-to-eight weeks for recovery.

According to Charania, the Celtics now expect Smart to be cleared to return by the six-week mark on April 27 (April 28, PHL time), which could allow Smart to play in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The conference semifinals are currently scheduled to begin on April 30 (May 1, PHL time).

The Celtics (54-26) have clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. However, season-ending surgery to All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has diminished hopes for Boston in this year's playoffs.

Smart is averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in 54 games this season.

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