Will Marcus Smart’s Thumb Hurt The Celtics’ Playoff Chances?

    The Golden State Warriors arent the only title contender dealing with injuries to key starters as the postseason creeps upon us. 

    Sports Illustrated on Twitter

    With the Splash Brothers injured, the Warriors should enter shutdown mode (by @BenGolliver) https://t.co/4DXhh0ltpo

    Reports out of Celtics camp is that theres hope that guard MarcusSmart, who suffered a tendon injury in his right thumb diving for a loose ball during Sundays loss to the Indiana Pacers, will be back for Bostons long-anticipated championship playoff run

    Shams Charania on Twitter

    Potentially devastating injury for East-contending Celtics after losing Daniel Theis: Guard Marcus Smart suffers torn tendon in his right thumb. Story: https://t.co/1Djj60ZceU

    Smart, 24, has been banged up down the stretch this season. He missed Wednesdays game with the injury and had just returned for eight contests after missing the previous 11 games due to a right-hand injury he got punching a picture frame. 

    If Smart can’t return, then challenging the offensive juggernauts prevalent in todays high-scoring NBA will be a tough playoff draw for Boston without its heart, hustle guy and top defender at 100 percent. 

    ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski reports Smart will undergo thumb surgery on Friday and take it from there. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.