Marcus Smart Gets Injured While Celtics Carry The Day
Celtics players can not certainly claim they experienced a win-win situation when they carried the day in their clash with the Pacers by scoring 101 against Pacers 98.
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This is because they may have to play their upcoming matches without Marcus Smart due to a knee injury that he suffered in that particular game.
According to Boston Globe, the X-rays indicated that the injury was severe. The team is hoping for the best as they wait for an MRI to be done.
“We’re hoping it’s a sprain, but we don’t know that,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “So obviously a great deal of concern for him, No. 1, and hopefully he can get back sooner rather than later.”
Prior to his injury, Smart had received a pass from Phil Pressy and had actually made a few dribbles in an attempt to go past some of Pacers defenders.
It is in his last step that his left ankle disintegrated. Not being the one who gives up easily, the player still tried to throw a shot but it was a little too late because the pain had taken him to the ground.
“I thought he just rolled his ankle,” Pressey said. The team's trainer, Ed Lacerte and doctor Brian McKeon came to his rescue accompanied by his team mates.
“I didn’t know what it was when he went down,” Jeff Green said. “I was just hoping it wasn’t as serious as I thought initially. But that’s part of the game.”
Smart gave his team mates a thumbs up sign to indicate that all was not lost. The player was later whisked away from the field. “That let us know that he was still good, in good spirits, and we just wanted to get that win for him,” Pressey said.
Celtics were able to remain at the top of the game because they were quick in filling the vacuum that was left by Smart. Gerald Wallace was brought in to take Smart's position.
Though Wallace has been dormant in most matches, he was the right choice because he had previously played in the same position in the past.
“It’s tough to see a teammate go down the way he went down, not knowing what the circumstances was of his injury,” Green said. “But the game had to continue. We had to pull ourselves together quick.”
Wallace pitied Smart for getting injured at the peak of his career. “I was more worried about Marcus and his injury,” Wallace said. “I’ve seen that ankle sprain; matter of fact, I’ve had it before. So for him to be so young and just starting to play good, it’s a bad thing for him to go down like that.”
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