BOSTON – Celtics Watchman Marcus Smart says he will be playing the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of Boston's opening series on Tuesday night.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Smart felt good after contacting Shootaround of the morning on Tuesday. Smart will be coming from the bank for Boston.
Smart has not been around since March 11, when he tore the UCL with his right thumb as he dived for a loose ball. Smart planned a return earlier this month but flew to New York on Monday and was released by his doctor to initiate contact activities.
Smart could make a defensive impression for a non-standard Celtics team He defended the NBA in the regular season in the defensive championship.
"Obviously we're better with Marcus Smart," Stevens said before game 5. "I do not think that's in question."
Stevens warned & # 39; He certainly did not mind a minute limit for Smart but noted that he probably would not play back big minutes in his first game. Stevens suggested that the minutes would be under 35.
Smart traveled to Milwaukee with the Celtics for Games 3 and 4 when the Bucks cut the series off with 2 and did anything but live action in the past few weeks as they waited for the release.
With this Released on Monday he was also acquitted for play actions.