Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
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Celtics' Marcus Smart to have surgery for torn thumb ligament

Celtics' Marcus Smart to have surgery for torn thumb ligament

The Boston Celtics are limping to the finish of the 2017-18 regular season, and they're going to be versatile guard Marcus Smart at least until the playoffs.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will undergo surgery Friday to fix a torn ligament in his right thumb, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski added that Smart will undergo thumb surgery on Friday.

Smart suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Indiana Pacers when he snapped his thumb back on the floor diving for a loose ball.

Smart is expected to return to basketball activity in 6-8 weeks, but there is the chance he may need more time even after he is cleared for full contact. He had the thumb taped and finished the game, after which he downplayed the severity of the injury.

It's a bit of good news and bad news for the Boston Celtics on Friday.

A league source said Tuesday that Smart's outlook "doesn't look good".

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens raised this as a possibility on Wednesday, but said Smart was still evaluating his options.

In 54 games this season, primarily off the bench, Smart is averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

This is now his second major injury of the campaign after he missed 11 games when he punched a glass picture frame in Los Angeles in January and injured his hand.

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