Marcus Smart: Ruled out through rest of regular season

Report Marcus Smart To Have Thumb Surgery Could Return During Playoffs

Marcus Smart's immediate future with the Boston Celtics is uncertain.

Smart (thumb) will undergo surgery on his right thumb Friday and will miss the remainder of the regular season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Marcus Smart will be out at least 6-8 weeks after having surgery to fix the UCL in his right thumb Friday, the team announced.

Smart sprained his right thumb diving for a loose ball in Sunday's loss to the Pacers.

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But Smart returned February 23 and had played quite well since then. While he returned to that game and even finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists, damage was found when the injury was later examined.

"He's a guy that clearly wants to play", head coach Brad Stevens told reporters in Orlando.

Chris Paul actually beat the expected timeline for a similar injury to his non-shooting hand last season, returning in a little less than six weeks.

This is now his second major injury of the campaign after he missed 11 games when he punched a glass picture frame in Los Angeles in January and injured his hand. His 48 percent True Shooting Percentage is, well, hideous, but Smart is a odd player who everyone around Boston's organization will insist still creates a positive impact while on the court. While we may not see him again this year, the Celtics remain hopeful.