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Analysis: Options now that Marcus Smart is out 2 weeks with lacerated hand

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Celtics announced on Friday afternoon that Marcus Smart will be sidelined for two weeks due to right hand lacerations suffered at the team hotel on Wednesday after cutting his hand on glass. The 23-year-old guard flew back to Boston on Thursday and was evaluated by Drs. Tony Schena and Drew Terono at New England Baptist Hospital.

Smart tweeted a pair of messages on Friday afternoon at the same time the team announced the injury, explaining how he suffered the injury and apologizing for it.

Multiple members of the Celtics organization weighed in on the situation after Friday's practice at the University of San Francisco.

"Disappointed, as you can imagine, obviously," Brad Stevens said of the situation. "But that’s probably the right word for it. It is what it is. Our other guys will be looking forward to the challenge tomorrow."

"It's unfortunate to see that," Al Horford added. "Marcus is a teammate that I have a lot of respect for and I'm going to stand by him. Whatever the decision was, he made a bad decision. As a group, we're going to support him and I hope that he gets well. We expect him to be back."

The team has not ruled punishing the guard for the off-court incident.

"I think we’ll handle all those discussions internally for now," Stevens said. "We’ll see when he gets back, when he’s due back and everything else. And we’ll talk about it in the meantime about what we’re going to do. It’ll most likely be handled internally."

Nearly one year ago, the Celtics disciplined Smart for getting into a heated argument on the bench with assistant coaches and punching a wall in the Wizards locker room, which made people wonder about whether a pattern has emerged with the former No. 6 overall pick.

"It’s not like something that is a once-a-month thing or a once-every-three-months thing,' Stevens explained. "It’s only happened a couple of times. Obviously, he’s a very passionate person and didn’t handle his emotions correctly. That’s something that we’ll talk about more with him and go from there.

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