The NBA playoffs start in a week, but the timing could hardly be worse for Boston Celtics.
In Sunday's regular home team's last home game, striker Jayson Tatum and sentry Marcus Smart left the club with injury early in their 1
Although there is no schedule for the injuries, players are not expected to be out of action for the remainder of the season. However, both are critical to the Celtics' playoff chances, and the team hopes every player can make the injury even worse.
Tatum leaves left-back
Tatum played just six minutes and missed his two shots before leaving the game on Sunday. The team quickly announced that he would not return to the game.
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Tatum is the Celtics' second scorer with 15.9 points per game, so his absence would be overlooked. Boston lost at least 19 points to both of the games they had previously missed – the Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings – despite having a lot of depth on the wings with Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown of the bank.
Smart avoids a worse diagnosis with oblique bruise
Smart lasted slightly longer than Tatum when he left the game at 6:15 in the third quarter. Stevens described his injury as a lopsided "bruise" rather than a muscle strain, so he may have avoided a longer-term injury.
Smart is not the score threatened by Tatum, but he's an invaluable defender who started the season the most. Boston resumed his only game without him at seven on the Brooklyn networks.
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How does this affect the playoff hopes of the Celtics?
With the Celtics in seed # 4, Stevens is likely to rest on Tatum and Smart in the regular season finale on Tuesday against the Washington Wizards. Even if both get a clean bill, it's not worth risking injury in a seemingly meaningless game.
As previously shown, the duo will be crucial for the team's first round tie against the Indiana Pacers, according to the team. Waiting to hear about breath-holding test results. Tatum was particularly critical on Friday's 117-97 win over Pacers as he led the team with 22 points.
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