They are still waiting for a second opinion after he suffered a torn tendon in his right thumb, but his chances of a return don't look great. On top of it all, a hand injury will keep Marcus Smart out indefinitely once again ...
Team officials said Irving, who had seven points in 16 minutes against in, had left knee soreness and was not returning. According to a league source, the C's have no idea about Smart's probability of return.
The severity of Smart's injury is uncertain and the team is not sure how much time he will miss. Initially, there were differing reports about the nature and severity of the injury, as well as how long Smart might be sidelined because of it. "It's like a sprain right now".More news: Arun Jaitley files nomination for RS poll
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Smart is one of Boston's best defenders, and always seems to make a key play whenever the Celtics need it most.
The 24-year-old is averaging 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists over 54 games, including 11 starts, this season, his fourth with the Celtics. He was also shooting 42.2 percent from the floor, 23.6 percent from three-point range and 79.8 percent from the free-throw line.