The Celtics may not have one of their best players for the game. The team’s star shooting guard, Marcus Smart, is listed as a suspect due to an ankle injury.
The Boston Celtics are in Florida for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night against the Miami Heat, and the series is now 2-2.
Former Oklahoma State star injured in Game 3
Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart will miss Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday.
Despite not playing in Game 4, the Celtics won by a score of 102-82.
Fortunately, the Celtics managed to win without Smart on the pitch. Marcus Smart withdrew from the field in the second half of Game 3 due to a sprained right ankle.
Marcus Smart rolled his ankle hard as he tried to get a rebound, and then his ankle went under Kyle Lowry as they both fell to the ground.
Game 6 will be played in Massachusetts, and Game 7 (if required) will be played in Florida. The winner of the series will advance to the NBA Finals where they will face the Dallas Mavericks or Golden State Warriors for the championship.
Marcus Smart was injured in Game 5 and needed to be replaced as a forward.
Marcus Smart struggled with injuries throughout the season. He missed Game 1 against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals with a correct midfoot sprain.
Smart’s latest fail is being a suspect for Game 5. Celtics center Robert Williams III may be questioned after missing Game 3 due to knee pain.
Marcus Smart is back in the locker room with an obvious leg injury after colliding with Kyle Lowry. pic.twitter.com/VmdmbyIqG0
– ESPN (@espn) May 22, 2022
He was recently named a 2021-22 NBA Hustle Award winner.
Marcus Smart was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year as the first guard to do so since Gary Payton. He was also named to the All-Defensive A-Team.
Marcus is also the recipient of the 2021-22 NBA Hustle Award. He became the first player to win this award more than once before in the 2018-19 season.
– NBA (@NBA) 23 May 2022
According to the NBA, the Hustle Award was created to recognize “players who do the little things that don’t always appear in the standard discipline rankings.” According to the Celtics Blog, it’s largely based on Hustle stats that the NBA started tracking during the 2016 postseason.