HoopsHype Marcus Smart rumors

November 27, 2014 Updates

The Celtics ruled out rookie guard Marcus Smart from playing in Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls on early Thursday. The 21-year-old returned to practice on Wednesday after missing two-plus weeks of action with a sprained left ankle and bone bruise. Smart was only able to take part in a portion of the session however, as he continues to work his way back from the injury. The Celtics have gone just 2-5 in games he has missed. Smart was expected to miss just 2-3 weeks after suffering the ankle injury back on Nov. 7 against the Indiana Pacers, but Celtics head coach Brad Stevens insisted at Wednesday’s practice the team would not rush the no. 6 overall pick back into game action. Boston Globe

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Marcus Smart’s early development is second only to Rajon Rondo’s contract year push as this season’s most compelling C’s storyline. An increasing number of league officials are also applauding Danny Ainge’s decision to draft the tough, defense-minded point guard. One league scout also buys into the theory that Smart — once he returns from his ankle injury — won’t fully develop as long as he plays behind Rondo. “I think they’ve got to get rid of Rondo because they drafted a good, young point guard,” the scout said. “Marcus Smart is a franchise-type point guard or can be, I think, who needs to play to be good. He’s fast and he defends. And you don’t say that about rookies.” Boston Herald

November 9, 2014 Updates

Based on early returns, Marcus Smart is very good at ducking. The Celtics medical staff confirmed yesterday morning that the rookie guard certainly ducked fate with the diagnosis of a left ankle sprain and bone bruise, and nothing more. Based on the sight of Smart writhing on the floor in obvious pain during Friday night’s fourth quarter against Indiana, followed by a stretcher ride off the Garden floor, many envisioned something worse. Instead, the initial estimate has Smart missing 2-3 weeks of action. “You always wonder if something could have been worse,” Danny Ainge said yesterday after getting the news. “It’s a setback, albeit a minor setback. But he won’t be back until we’re sure he’s ready to go.” Boston Herald

November 8, 2014 Updates

Additional tests on Marcus Smart's left ankle injury showed the 6-foot-4 guard has a "bad sprain," according to a league source. While it remains to be seen just how long his recovery time will be, it alleviates what was shaping up to be Boston's worst fear - bone breakage. CSNNE.com

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