No fixed schedule for Marcus Smart’s return after ankle injury


Smart aggravated an injury from last year’s playoffs.

Head Coach Joe Mazzulla (left) with Marcus Smart (right). The Associated Press

Marcus Smart gave no specific timeline for his return from an ankle injury he aggravated against the Raptors on Saturday night.

Smart was one of two Celtics, along with Rob Williams, to leave the game injured. His right ankle injury happened in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, and he sprained his ankle again when he misstepped in Toronto.

The point guard didn’t give details on when he will return when speaking ahead of Tuesday’s game in Miami, but he said the goal was to be back in one to two weeks.

Smart is one of several injuries head coach Joe Mazzulla and the Celtics have dealt with in recent weeks.

Jayson Tatum has had hand and wrist injuries all season, Jaylen Brown injured his right abductor two weeks ago, and Williams and Al Horford have missed games recently.

Luckily for Boston, the team is deep at guard and on the wing.

“The depth that we have is definitely going to help a lot to give me that rest and time to heal,” Smart said. “So you’re grateful for that, but at the same time as a player you want to be there.”

Derrick White and Payton Pritchard can take on some of the extra ball handling duties, and Grant Williams continues to be a solid asset off the bench and in point starts.

Prior to yesterday’s game, Mazzulla was able to have some fun with Smart, somersaulting past the veteran to show off his fully functional ankles.


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