Marcus Smart returns to Game 3 after suffering a sprained ankle and receives a standing ovation


Smart made a 3-pointer on his first shot after coming back.

Marcus Smart made a dramatic comeback in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Marcus Smart had his Paul Pierce moment in Saturday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Early in the third quarter, the Celtics’ starting point guard injured his right ankle when he landed awkwardly after trying to get an offensive rebound. Smart lay on the pitch for a few moments, screaming in pain before walking off the pitch with help.

Smart stayed in the locker room for a few minutes, running down the hallway between the bench and the locker room to stay free. After being diagnosed with a sprained right ankle, Smart was cleared to return.

Smart returned to the bench and was immediately substituted in the game with 6:52 left in the third quarter. On their first possession, Boston forced Miami into a shot clock violation. On the ensuing offensive possession, Smart picked up the ball in the corner, faked a try, before pulling the trigger and nailing the 3-pointer.

Smart’s 3-pointer reduced the Heat’s lead to 10 after the Celtics trailed 15 at halftime and 26 in the first half.


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