Marcus Smart plans to play against the Bucks in Game 3
May 7, 2022
Marcus Smart revealed on Thursday, May 5, that he would return to compete with the Boston Celtics lineup in Game 3 of the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Marcus had previously missed Game 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The game took place on Tuesday, with the Celtics coming out on top 109-86.
Smart has been with the Celtics since 2014. The 2022 NBA Defensive Player of the Year averaged 15.2 points and 6.8 assists per game the previous season.
In their next match, the Celtics will face the Bucks in Game 3, Saturday 7 May at the Fiserv Forum. Currently, the semifinals are tied with a score of 1-1.
Smart missed Game 2
Without Smart, the Celtics played admirably on defense. Smart was replaced by Derick White, and the squad competed with a 7-player rotation. Smart kept a careful eye on his team's attempts to score points during the game.
Smart praised the team's reaction after losing in the first half, as well as Al Horford and Grant Williams' defensive play against Giannis Antetokounmpo. This restored his faith in his ability to play as he had previously.
In Game 1, Smart suffered bruising to his quadriceps and shoulder. However, now the swelling is starting to decrease due to continuing to receive good treatment.
Through testing the Celtics' training facilities, Smart said there was still some pain left from the injury and limited movement. But this did not prevent him from returning to the field with the Celtics.
According to him, this injury is not a big problem and assures him of his ability to return to the Celtics. "Most likely I'll have to come back to play the Bucks in Game 3," Smart said firmly.
The 28-year-old defender's injury occurred after he hit a shot closer to the quad area, causing a lot of fluid to leak into the knee. Smart continues to receive treatments and workouts to help him recover from his injury and improve his blood circulation.
In January, Smart also missed 6 matches due to a quad injury. The injury was in the same place as the one he had at the moment. So, according to him, the injury he is currently experiencing only exacerbates the previous injury.
The test of the Celtics' training facilities will determine the final outcome of the decision on whether Smart will return to play in Game 3 or remain rested to restore his health condition.
Ime Udoka's response to Smart injury
Udoka as coach of the Celtics continues to monitor the progress of Smart's injury.
Through the exercise last Thursday, Udoka saw that Smart's condition had improved quite a bit. This is evident with the development of the movement carried out by Smart.
While going through the interview process, Udoka joked that his team didn't really need Smart. Then, he continued with his praise of Smart's performance this season.
The coach with the help of the staff continues to work on dealing with injuries and restoring Smart's health. This is part of his hopes that Smart can return to competing for the Celtics. This has to do with his defensive performance in the game as a defensive player on the team.