Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been ruled out of Tuesday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with a bruised right thigh.
Smart was hurt Sunday in the loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1. The Kia Defensive Player of the Year was hit twice in his thigh and briefly left the game after also suffering a right shoulder stinger. But he logged 33 minutes in Game 1, finishing with 10 points with six assists.
Boston coach Ime Udoka said Smart experienced some swelling, pain and restricted movement over the past two days. The expectation is for him to be ready when the series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 3.
Marcus Smart (right thigh contusion) – OUT
—Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 3, 2022
“I don’t think it’s long-term,” Udoka said. “He got hit and missed some games in the past. With three days off we’re assuming he’ll be OK.”
Smart has been the defensive anchor for the Celtics throughout the 2021-22 season, while also providing steady offense. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 6.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in the playoffs.
Derrick White will take Smart’s place in the starting lineup.
Boston is down 1-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals series against Milwaukee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.