Celtics

Marcus Smart (ankle) remains day-to-day; Marcus Morris (knee) targeting Oct. 30 return vs. Spurs

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Two critical members of the Celtics' rotation are eyeing returns in the coming week as the team tries to return to some normalcy in the wake of Gordon Hayward's injury.

Marcus Smart (rolled ankles) did not practice with the team on Monday in Waltham and remains day-to-day, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

"He told me that he’s getting better," Stevens said after practice. "We’ll put him through a series of tests tomorrow and we’ll see. He’s day-to-day. ...He’s had some (tests) and he’s passed them up to this point but it’s just progressing him back."

Smart suffered his ankle injury during Wednesday's home opener with the Bucks after a collision with Jaylen Brown.

There was a bit more certainty surrounding the injury timetable of forward Marcus Morris, who is now targeting a return of October 30th against the Spurs to make his season debut in Green.

Morris took part in the non-contact portion of practice on Monday with the team and spent some extended time afterward playing one-on-one with Jayson Tatum. 

"I’m feeling pretty good," Morris said. "I’m looking at probably San Antonio. I’m trying to push on it a little more. It felt pretty good beating a rook ass one-on-one."

Morris was shut down by the team a couple days before opening night after experiencing some soreness in his left knee. He's traveled with the team throughout the first week of the year while ramping up his conditioning after a late arrival to training camp.