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Marcus Smart | Guard | #36

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/6/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (6) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart (thumb) will see a doctor next week, and he could return to action if he is cleared.
The Celtics have said that he's hopeful for Game 7 against the Bucks, so making it back before next weekend is possible. Smart was was given a 6-8 week timetable and the 27th would be six weeks. If he's back, he may still come off the bench because of how well Terry Rozier has played. Shane Larkin would lose minutes. Apr 21 - 3:10 PM

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Marcus Smart (thumb surgery) could return as early as a potential Game 7 vs. Milwaukee.

Smart took part in shooting drills on Sunday for the first time since undergoing surgery last month, a huge step in the right direction in his recovery. "Today was the first day with the new splint on to actually get out here and do something. So the thumb felt well," Smart said. "We're on track for [a return in the] next three weeks, possibly Game 7 of the first round, [but] definitely second round. So we're on the right path," he added. A report on April 9 stated that Smart was targeting a potential return on or around April 27, so this new update meshes with the previous timeline nicely. For what it's worth, Game 7 (if necessary) would be scheduled for Saturday, April 28. Smart's return will only help a Celtics backcourt that will be without Kyrie Irving (knee surgery) for the rest of the way.
Source: ESPN
Apr 15 - 2:58 PM

Marcus Smart (thumb) was re-evaluated on Monday and he's expected to be cleared to return to the court by April 27.

April 27 will be the six-week mark for Smart, so it sounds like he'll get back to the court at the early end of that initial 6-8 week timetable. If the Celtics go seven games in their first-round series, Smart could potentially return for Game 7. He's been cleared for non-contact work, and we'll continue to track his progress every step of the way.
Apr 9 - 5:21 PM

Marcus Smart is scheduled to have his right thumb re-evaluated by doctors next week.

The Celtics are hopeful to have him available for the conference semifinals, but of course they'll have to make it through the first round. Terry Rozier will be very busy with Shane Larkin backing him up once he's over an illness.
Apr 5 - 6:10 PM

Marcus Smart (thumb) is making good progress and said he hopes to return in time for the second round of the playoffs.

"Definitely right now, that’s what we’re shooting for," Smart said. "The way it’s going now, we’re on the right path. Hopefully nothing happens where it gets delayed." He had his cast replaced by a splint recently, so he's been able to do some light exercises with his thumb. Smart was given a timetable of 6-8 weeks on March 16, so he should be able to hit his target date if he doesn't have any setbacks.
Mar 29 - 10:18 AM

Marcus Smart (thumb) said he is confident he will return to game action for the playoffs.

Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand back on March 10th. He underwent successful surgery last Friday and was given a target timetable of 6-8 weeks. However, Smart believes he'll be back sooner. "I am confident [I'll be back for the playoffs]," Smart said Monday night. "I had one of the top [hand] doctors do it. The surgery was a success. Like she told me, you might as well go on and get it now. The quicker you can get it, the quicker the recovery."
Mar 20 - 10:57 AM

Marcus Smart (thumb) underwent successful surgery on Friday on his right ulnar collateral ligament and he is expected to return to basketball activities in 6-8 weeks.

That officially rules him out for this regular season and likely at least the first round of the playoffs. With Smart out and Kyrie Irving dealing with a knee issue, Terry Rozier will be the man and is likely going to be a difference-making addition to fantasy teams. We'll see some consistent minutes from Shane Larkin while the other perimeter players also benefit.
Mar 16 - 5:20 PM

Marcus Smart will undergo surgery on a torn ligament in his right thumb on Friday and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Wojnarowski‏ notes that "there's hope [Smart] can return sometime in the playoffs." A firm timetable won’t be certain until after surgery. However, for fantasy purposes, Smart should obviously be waived in all re-draft leagues. Terry Rozier, who tallied 21 points, nine assists, five rebounds, four 3-pointers, three blocks and two steals on Wednesday, is now locked into consistent minutes over the final month of the regular season. Rozier is a must-own in all formats.
Mar 16 - 11:31 AM

Marcus Smart will receive a second opinion on his injured right thumb on Thursday.

The issue at hand is whether Smart is dealing with a full tear to a ligament in his right thumb or a partial tear. He's prepared to play through the pain if it's a partial tear and playing through it won't cause any additional damage, but if it's a full tear he will require surgery, which would put him out for roughly 2-3 months. Even if he's able to avoid surgery, he likely won't make it back to the court until the postseason, so there's not much incentive to hang onto him in most settings. Terry Rozier is now a must-own player.
Mar 14 - 11:53 AM

Boston does not know the probability of Marcus Smart (thumb) playing again this season, according to sources of Celtics' reporter Mark Murphy.

"[They're] waiting for that second opinion," the source said. "Don't know if it's a 50 percent chance or a 30 percent chance. Just don't know." The expectation is that Smart tore a ligament in his thumb, which the Celtics are calling a sprain, and he's currently visiting with a specialist in NY to determine if surgery will be required. Letting the injury heal naturally would likely take a month or so, while surgery would involve a three-month timetable. Either way, he's looking at a lengthy absence and should be cut in most leagues. Terry Rozier is the add here.
Mar 13 - 2:48 PM

There are conflicting reports on the severity of Marcus Smart's thumb injury.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Smart had suffered a torn tendon in his right thumb, but Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports it's a sprain. Either way, he's expected to miss "an unspecified amount of time," so he's a cut candidate in most leagues. Terry Rozier is going to be very busy this week with Jaylen Brown (concussion), Kyrie Irving (knee) and Smart all out, so he looks like a solid pickup in most leagues.
Mar 12 - 4:04 PM

Marcus Smart has suffered a torn tendon in his right thumb and he is out indefinitely.

Smart is currently going over his treatment options with the Celtics medical staff, but with no clear timetable to return, he should be sent to the waiver wire in most cases. With Jaylen Brown (concussion) and Kyrie Irving (thumb) not expected to play this week, Terry Rozier could be logging heavy minutes as a starter, and he looks like a hot pickup at the moment. Jayson Tatum and Al Horford (illness) should also see an uptick in usage, and Abdel Nader might earn a few starts.

Marcus Smart (thumb) suffered a jammed right thumb in Sunday's game against the Pacers, but he was able to stay in and finish.

Smart hit 6-of-12 from behind the arc, finishing with 20 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals across 36 minutes. The jammed thumb appeared to be pretty bad at the time, but he just shook it off and was able to finish up without any issues. He'll have a couple of days to rest his thumb before the team hosts the Wizards on Wednesday to start off a three-game week. Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee, so Smart could see more run Wednesday if he is up to it.
Mar 11 - 11:02 PM

Marcus Smart scored 11 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block and one turnover in 29 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

He almost tied this game with a miss at the buzzer on a fadeaway three. Additionally, he suffered what looked like a knee injury in the fourth quarter and he limped off the floor, but he was able to return. Smart has been pretty solid offensively over his last five, making 47.5 percent from the field with averages of 10.0 points, 2.8 boards, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 treys. He's probably worth owning in most leagues, but expect him to be near 40 FG% going forward.
Mar 3 - 11:11 PM

Marcus Smart made 5-of-9 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers against the Pistons on Friday.

It was one of his better games on offense and he brought it on defense as per usual. Maybe Smart's incident with a picture frame gave him a little extra edge, but it's not like effort was a problem with him anyway. He'll still likely be a guy that should be used on teams punting FG%, but the counting stats will be there with minutes closer to 30.
Feb 23 - 9:34 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Terry Rozier
3Shane Larkin
4Kadeem Allen
SG1Jaylen Brown
2Marcus Smart
3Abdel Nader
4Jabari Bird
SF1Jayson Tatum
2Semi Ojeleye
3Jonathan Holmes
4Gordon Hayward
PF1Marcus Morris
2Daniel Theis
3Guerschon Yabusele
C1Al Horford
2Aron Baynes
3Greg Monroe