Getting Irving healthy for an impending playoff run is Boston's main priority and its not going to throw caution to the wind as a response to the staggering quantity of maladies that have recently befallen its roster.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported that Smart had a torn tendon in his right thumb, while former colleague and current ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that the team was calling it a "sprain" and was now in the process of obtaining a second opinion and deciding whether Smart might be able to play through the pain. "It's like a sprain right now".
Sunday's setback was a costly one, considering not just Irving's departure and Smart's injury, but a the loss of Daniel Theis for the season. Though there's still a good chance Smart will re-sign, he will first have to test the market.
Smart, 24, is averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds this season. Theis suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee.
The Boston Celtics are dealing with a lot of injuries, some more serious than others.
The Celtics are also dealing with an injury to second-year forward Jaylen Brown (concussion).
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