Celtics guard reportedly tears tendon in thumb

Celtics guard reportedly tears tendon in thumb

The Boston Celtics have been the surprise of this season. That turned out to be quite the contrary.

The Celtics now sit 3.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 15 games remaining in the regular season.

Though, at this stretch of the season, the Celtics have faced some adversity that could affect their rankings.

Smart suffered the injury when diving for a loose ball at the 9:24 mark of the third quarter in the Celtics' 99-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers Sunday.

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Smart will get a second opinion on the extent of the injury.

"Sore, but it will be all right", Smart told reporters after the game.

After news surfaced that center Daniel Theis will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus, multiple reports surfaced that Celtics defensive centerpiece Marcus Smart sustained a torn tendon in his right thumb.

Even if the diagnosis is confirmed to be a torn right thumb, Smart may not necessarily require surgery and could play through the injury. He's dealt with a variety of ailments, most recently missing time after suffering a hand laceration on broken glass at the team hotel. Since then, his thumb hasn't really improved and he may need some more time to heal before he can make a big impact for the Celtics this year.

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