Published: Sun, January 28, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Celtics guard Smart injures hand hitting picture frame

Celtics guard Smart injures hand hitting picture frame

The Celtics guard will be out for two weeks after slicing his right hand earlier this week, the team announced on Friday.

Smart is simply the latest in the line of these injuries.

As for being chosen by the coaches' vote, he said, "It means a lot, and I'm just very happy to be able to represent the Celtics, our coaching staff, the training staff, and all the players have really put me in this position". I swiped at and hit a picture frame on the wall.

Smart received stitches that afternoon, returned to Boston the next day and was examined by doctors at New England Baptist Hospital. Luckily, the Celtics will not have as tough a schedule the second half of the season, which will prove to be beneficial to the Celtics' health heading into the second-half. That's known. I think saying he's been as advertised, with 24.5 points per game and a career-best 47.7 field goal percentage out of the gate, is nearly selling him short. Last season, he allowed 0.932 points per possession, which ranked in the 40th percentile. They still have the best defensive rating in the league, and are continuing to give opposing teams struggles. He has not played since December 9th, and has played in only two games since November 5th.

Under the coaching of Brad Stevens, the Celtics have been forced to adapt to a brutal schedule this season.

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Golden State has won six of its last seven games and scored at least 123 points during its last two victories. "Offensively, this was one of our better games".

"I thought we came to play, I thought our guys for the first time in a while got a little disbanded by their ball movement and attack", head coach Doc Rivers said when asked about the difficulties of stopping Boston.

"It's a great opportunity for somebody else", said Stevens. He is the son of Tito Horford, a retired Dominican professional basketball player who was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2nd round (39th overall) of the 1988 NBA draft. That's an important ability while facing off against Thompson in particular, but also against Curry. Stevens clearly believes that Larkin is capable of doing more than just holding his own against top opposing scorers.

We hope, despite his anger, this injury doesn't affect the Celtics on and off the court and lingers around for Smart long enough to majorly affect his game. Marcus [Morris] got that quick foul so we changed [Aron] Baynes onto him and I thought that Baynes did a pretty good job on him.

Horford said the team will support Smart despite the fact that his absence leaves the Celtics short-handed.

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