Celtics' Smart cleared for full contact, hopeful for Game 4
NBA.com Global on May 06, 2019 06:57 AM
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Celtics guard Marcus Smart, recovering from a torn oblique muscle, has been cleared for full contract practice and is hopeful of playing in Game 4 vs. the Bucks in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
#NEBHInjuryReport Marcus Smart has been cleared for full contact and played 3-on-3 yesterday. He fully participated in today’s practice. He says he’s hopeful to play tomorrow, but needs to see how his body reacts to practice.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 5, 2019
Smart suffered a partial avulsion of his left oblique abdominal muscle off of his iliac crest. The injury occurred at 6:44 in the third quarter of an April 7th (April 8, PHL time) game against Orlando, following contact with the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic.
Following an MRI, the Celtics said Smart would be out four-to-six weeks, so Smart's recovery is on schedule. The Celtics are down 2-1 in the series with the Bucks, with the winner moving to the East finals.
Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdan also is practicing and nearing a return from his foot injury, but he is out for Game 4.