Celtics dealt blows with Smart, Theis injuries, dodge bullet with Irving

  • Celtics dealt blows with Smart, Theis injuries, dodge bullet with Irving

Celtics dealt blows with Smart, Theis injuries, dodge bullet with Irving

The Boston Celtics' bench was dealt a couple of tough blows on Monday.

Smart was seen wearing a protective cast on his shooting hand after the 99-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is being evaluated for a potentially torn right thumb tendon and is seeking multiple opinions, two people with knowledge of the situation told Celtics Wire under the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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.

Theis and Smart were both hurt in Sunday's game, with Smart's injury occurring when he dove to the floor.

The severity of Smart's injury is uncertain and the team is not sure how much time he will miss. "It's like a sprain right now". As of Monday afternoon, they had not learned whether the guard will need surgery. Over the eight games since then, the guard has averaged 10.8 points and 5.6 assists with some hellacious defense, even by his high standards. 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.