How will Marcus Smart's injury affect the Celtics in playoffs?

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

It was an inconsequential game for the Celtics, who had already wrapped up fourth place and home court advantage in the Eastern Conference, but Brad Stevens was looking to give his regulars some game time before the playoffs.

His absence is a severe blow to Boston, given his ability to guard most positions on the floor.

Marcus Smart will miss 4-6 weeks after being diagnosed with a torn oblique on his left side.

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Smart suffered the injury Sunday in a loss to the Orlando Magic. Presuming Brown does, in fact, return to the starting lineup now, Boston will be hoping he can carry that momentum over into the postseason - though Brown has been dealing with back issues of his own over the past week or so. He is shooting a career-best 42.2 percent from the field, including another career-best 36.4 percent from 3-point range, and Smart is expected to be named to one of the league's All-Defensive teams for his work alongside Irving in Boston's backcourt.

After relieving Jason Kidd of his head coaching duties, the Bucks have found a new voice in Mike Budenholzer, a Coach of the Year candidate who is responsible for making Milwaukee the best defensive team in the National Basketball Association and fourth overall in offensive efficiency. He felt good going through warmups and tried to play, but the injury started bothering him during the game and he was removed.

The Boston Globe reported that Smart was in too much pain to undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday, with a Wednesday test confirming the injury.

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