Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss about two weeks after cutting his right hand hitting a picture frame. The Celtics said Smart returned to Boston after the injury to his right hand ''from a non-basketball incident'' before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Smart is averaging 10 points and a career-high 4.7 assists this season, his fourth in Boston.
Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart will miss approximately two weeks after lacerating his right hand in a non-basketball incident prior to Wednesday's 113-102 win over the LA Clippers, the team announced Friday. While his teammates prepared for Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors, Smart was apologizing to the organization and fans. Smart returned to Boston on Thursday and was evaluated by doctors Anthony Schena and Andrew Terono at New England Baptist Hospital.
Marcus Smart is expected to miss two weeks with a right hand laceration. Two days after Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens broke the news that Marcus Smart required stitches for a mysterious laceration to his right hand, the fourth-year guard finally explained how it happened. Smart punched a picture frame on the wall of the team hotel in Los Angeles at some point between Boston’s games against the Lakers and Clippers at Staples Center on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
The laceration injury Celtics guard Marcus Smart suffered to his right hand will keep him out for two weeks, the team announced. The 6-foot-4 guard took to social media on Friday to try to explain in more detail how he was hurt.
Marcus Smart has returned to Boston for additional testing on his right hand after cutting it shortly before the Celtics' 113-102 victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles on Wednesday, according to a team source. Adam Kaufman of WBZ Radio first reported Smart's return. According to a source, while the #Celtics remain out west on their road trip, Marcus Smart is back in Boston.
Kevin Durant hit 6 of 9 3-point attempts to account for a majority of his 28 points, leading the Warriors to their 19th victory in the past 22 meetings with the Timberwolves. The game was played shortly after Durant learned he had been drafted onto LeBron James' team for the All-Star Game in Los Angeles next month. The opposing All-Star captain, Warriors star Stephen Curry, selected teammates Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, onto his 12-man team.
The Los Angeles Clippers will seek to reverse course in what has been a roller-coaster season Friday night when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers suffered their third consecutive defeat, 113-102 to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night to complete a two-game homestand that began with a 126-118 loss to Minnesota. The loss to Boston was not surprising.
After a rough start, the Los Angeles Lakers have seemed to settle into a rhythm of late, winning seven of the past nine games. Despite the Lakers' stretch of success, however, that includes three straight victories, coach Luke Walton has attempted to drive home the importance of a fundamental facet that has eluded the team recently. Heading into Friday night's game against the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles (18-29) has struggled to convert from the line, including in its 108-107 win over the Boston Celtics when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed two free throws in the closing seconds that could have wrapped up the victory.
The Toronto Raptors will try to keep the pressure on the first-place Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings when they open a three-game homestand Friday night against the Utah Jazz. The Raptors (32-14) are 1 1/2 games behind the Celtics (35-14) and take a 17-3 record at the Air Canada Centre — the second-best home record in the NBA behind the San Antonio Spurs' 20-3 mark — into the homestand. The Raptors came off a three-day break Wednesday to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 108-93 at Philips Arena and are 6-4 in their past 10 games.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will be teammates again at the NBA All-Star Game. James and Stephen Curry chose sides Thursday for the Feb. 18 game to be played in Los Angeles, with James selecting his former Cleveland Cavaliers running mate to be part of his squad. In a change from previous All-Star Games, this year the NBA went away from an Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format and went with a playground-style process for team selection.