Marcus Smart out indefinitely after tearing tendon in thumb

Celtics guard Marcus Smart

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Kyrie Irving is likely going to miss time while he rests his sore left knee.

The Celtics also lost backup center Daniel Theis to season-ending surgery to fix a torn meniscus.

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Marcus Smart is being evaluated for a potentially torn tendon in his right thumb, two people with knowledge of the situation tell Celtics Wire. The question is can he play through it.

Shortly after this, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the tendon was torn, and that Smart will be seeking a second opinion.

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Ultimately, the Celtics are on cruise control toward the playoffs and feature ample guard depth, so they can afford to take a cautious route with Smart's recovery. He suffered the injury diving for a ball in Sunday night's 99-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers, a game he started in place of the injured Jaylen Brown (also out indefinitely with a concussion).

The Celtics are 4.3 points per 100 possessions better this season with Smart on the court, although surprisingly most of the bump is on the offensive end. Over the eight games since then, the guard has averaged 10.8 points and 5.6 assists with some hellacious defense, even by his high standards.

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