A trip to the Motor City will see the Celtics get their spark plug back, as Marcus Smart has reportedly been cleared to return to action for Friday’s game against the Pistons, according to NBC Sports Boston’s A. Sherrod Blakely.
Injured when he punched a mirror at the team hotel and lacerated his hand (requiring 20 stitches) following a frustrating loss to the Lakers on Jan. 23, Smart’s likely return to the floor Friday night could not come at a better time for the Celtics.
Losers of three straight and allowing a season-high in points in back-to-back losses heading into the All-Star break, the Celtics have fallen out of the top spot in the East and managed to go just 6-5 with Smart on the shelf. That stretch has been loaded with far too many games with close to zero defensive resistance, too.
And as a bonus, if you’re looking for an extra pop or two out of Smart in his first game back on the court, it’s important to note that Friday will be his first game since some pre-deadline trade rumors made it seem like Smart was on the outs in Boston.
The 23-year-old Smart is averaging 10.1 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.6 rebounds in over 30 minutes per game this season.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog