PHILADELPHIA -- The hits just keep coming for a shorthanded Celtics roster less than a week into the regular season. Three days after losing Gordon Hayward to a potential season-ending ankle injury, Marcus Smart revealed this morning that he had rolled both of his ankles following a collision with Jaylen Brown during Wednesday's loss against the Bucks.
"It was a scary fall with Jaylen coming into my leg right there and rolling my ankle," Smart said at Boston's shootaround. “My ankle got caught right under him. Kind of a freak accident. I wasn’t really prepared for it...I’m kind of just taking it easy right now.”
Smart indicated that he wasn't sure yet if he would play on Friday night in Philadelphia, but Brad Stevens made it sound like a long shot that the guard will be cleared to suit up by the team's training staff.
"Marcus, from what I’ve heard, is most likely out tonight," he said. "We’ll do a more pre, all-day, and then pregame potentially and make a final determination, but most likely out."
While the Celtics can hardly afford to lose a third critical rotation piece, the good news for Boston is that Smart's absence doesn't sound like it will be a lengthy one.
“I rolled both of them," Smart said of his ankles. "So we’re just kind of taking it easy right now. Like I said, it’s the third game of the season so we’re just trying to take every precaution and every step that we need necessary to make sure that when I do come back, if I do not play tonight, my health will be 100 percent... It’s nothing serious. That’s the good thing. If I do not play tonight, I should be back Tuesday.”
BSJ Analysis: Stevens wouldn't reveal his starting lineup yet with Smart sidelined but the visitors will face a tall task against the Sixers without three of their best wing defenders.