Calf muscle in the back of the leg is the translation on Marcus Smart's injury for the non-physicians among us
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 31, 2021
Prior to that news, Smart offered a positive update that indicated that he’ll be returning soon from his injury.
💛 be back in no time💛
The ☘️ squad got this!
Thanks for all the 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/FLNsyqD3W1
— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) January 31, 2021
Smart’s injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s game looked worse than it actually turned out to be, with some concern focusing on a possible Achilles injury.
The play in question began with Smart going up for a rebound and then grabbing at the back of his calf after coming down.
Doesn’t look good. Looks like his Achilles snapped pic.twitter.com/HiuH61dcm7
— 🔴 𝔾𝕆𝔸𝕋 🔴 𝕋𝔸𝕃𝕂 ➏ (@MJ23GoatTalk) January 31, 2021
Smart’s absence will hurt the Celtics. The veteran is averaging 13.1 points, 6.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game this season.
However, given the concerns that the injury was potentially season-ending prior to examination, the Celtics and Smart are likely breathing big sighs of relief.