Marcus Smart went down with an oblique tear againt the Orlando Magic on April 7. Many thought that it may be the end of the season for the Celtics guard. Smart has other plans.
“We’re taking it one day at a time, but we’re definitely in the right position, right time, progressive phase to where I’m getting really close to coming back here” Smart told reporters Sunday afternoon. Smart added that he is “hopeful” to get back into the lineup for Game 4 against the Bucks on Monday.
The team seemed to reiterate Smarts comments by promoting his status to questionable for Monday night’s home game.
Smart would be a key piece for the Celtics to get back as they try to even up the series. Even at less than 100% health, Smart is sure to provide a defensive spark to a team struggling to prevent the Bucks on going on big runs the past two games.
Although he is a guard, Smart has the tenacity to be a key cog in the defense of Giannis, for he can help prevent the Greek Freak from getting into the lane. He doesn’t necessarily provide much on offense, although his shooting has improved this year, the Celtics have plenty of weapons to surround him with.
The addition of Smart, even if he isn’t at full strength, could be exactly the spark this team needs right now.