The Boston Celtics were punked by the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday night, losing 101-89. Their attack just never found a rhythm as the team hobbled off the field to a 28-of-84 shooting performance while attempting 50 three-pointers.
However, the scariest moment of the game came towards the end of the second quarter. Celtics guards Marcus Smart after tangling with Bucks forward Pat Connaughton on a drive to the basket hobbled back to the dressing roomcannot move his right arm.
What initially looked like a dislocation turned out to be a “shoulder stitch”. A stinger is when the nerves in a specific area are stretched or compressed upon impact and it feels like “an electric shock or lightning down your arm,” according to OrthoInfo. However, at the same time as his shoulder injury, it was reported that Smart also suffered a contusion of his right quadriceps.
Smart returned to the kam after rushing back to the locker room, although he played with a noticeable limp for the remainder of the competition. On the Monday after Boston’s practice session, Celtics head coach Ime Udoka provided the media with an important update on Smart’s Game 2 status.
During his post-training press conference Udoka was asked about Smart’s health Heading into Tuesday’s Game 2 matchup against the Bucks. Udoka admitted that Smart is very sore and that the thigh bruise doesn’t look good. He said Smart will likely try to play but the Celtics will consider him questionable:
Aside from that, Udoka threw in the fact that Smart’s shoulder is fine, but that doesn’t improve his injury status. Instead, it’s the quad injury that’s obviously holding him back. And based on this video of him limping back to the dressing room In Game 1, the point guard seems to be in a lot of pain.
However, Smart struggled through Game 1 even after the injury. He ended up giving the Celtics some good minutes as they attempted to stage a comeback from the eventual loss.
The experienced point guard played 32:47 in Game 1, the fourth most minutes on the team behind Jayson Tatum (39:45), Jaylen Brown (38:00) and Al Horford (36:23). Smart struggled on the offensive side of the ball but made up for it with his usual elite defensive play.
Smart had 10 points, a rebound, six assists and two steals in the contest while shooting 3-for-11 from the field and 1-for-6 from behind the three-point arc. His poor three-point shooting helped the Celtics go 18 of 50 behind the arc. Milwaukee’s elite central defense forced them to shoot a couple of threes, and Boston didn’t let off enough to make them pay for it.
If Smart ends up sitting for most of Game 2, the Celtics would not only be without Defensive Player of the Year, but also without their point guard. With their poor performance on the offensive end of Game 1, losing Smart would set them back another step on the road to fixing this issue.