Boston will have to find a way to keep the ship steady and maintain their second spot in the East, considering the see-saw battle taking place in spots 3-to-8.
The Celtics may have caught a break with Kyrie Irving's left knee soreness, which is believed to be no more than tendonitis and will not require much time off, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Not only will Boston's defense suffer mightily in Smart's absence as it did earlier this season, but this makes the Celtics' bench extremely thin with only Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris and Greg Monroe being considered healthy among the normal unit.
If Smart is sidelined for an extended period of time (potentially into the playoffs), it would be a big hit to the Celtics.
To be more accurate, the injury occurred when Smart went for a diving steal in what was ultimately a 99-97 Boston lost to Indiana Sunday.
Smart's right hand was later put in a cast, and he expressed confidence that, "it will be all right".
Smart is averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 29.9 minutes this season.
The Celtics have succeeded this season despite some notable injuries.
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