Marcus Smart out for 4-6 weeks

Marcus Smart out for 4-6 weeks

Although they enter with home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, head coach Brad Stevens will have to shuffle his lineup once again after finally finding continuity with the five-man lineup of Smart, Aron Baynes, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Celtics guard Marcus Smart could be sidelined for the first two rounds of the National Basketball Association playoffs due to a torn oblique on his left side.

The Celtics, meanwhile, went for a more medical description of the ailment.

Smart, 25, has had a career season for the Celtics, after signing a four-year, $52 million contract as a restricted free agent last summer.

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Smart is now expected to return to basketball activities in four to six weeks, according to the team. The muscle tear, suffered during Sunday night's loss to Orlando, is expected to sideline Smart for 4-6 weeks.

However, the injury does not seem to be too big of a deal, and Tatum is expecting to play in Game 1 of the Celtics' first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers this weekend, according to Jay King of The Athletic. He felt good going through warmups and tried to play, but the injury started bothering him during the game and he was removed.

Boston eventually called a timeout, and Smart limped to the bench - only to convince the training staff that he was all right and could stay in the game. He's also one of the team's best on-ball defenders.

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