Marcus Smart out indefinitely after tearing tendon in thumb

Celtics guard Marcus Smart

Smart is in integral part of Boston's overall success and his absence is another big blow to the Celtics bench.

The Boston Celtics will not have guard Marcus Smart in the lineup for quite some time after he reportedly tore a tendon in his thumb.

Irving left Sunday's 99-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers at halftime after the knee soreness that caused him to miss last Monday's game in Chicago flared up again.

After the game, Smart said the thumb was sore but believed he would be "all right".

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The severity of Smart's injury is uncertain and the team is not sure how much time he will miss. There have been some conflicting reports about Smart's thumb injury, but Danny Ainge appears to know what's going on, per the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy. "It's like a sprain right now".

In his 36 minutes on Sunday night, Smart scored a team-high 20 points to go with eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals.

The Celtics are 4.3 points per 100 possessions better this season with Smart on the court, although surprisingly most of the bump is on the offensive end. With Kyrie Irving (thumb) day-to-day and Jaylen Brown dealing with a concussion, there could be a lot of Terry Rozier on Wednesday versus the Washington Wizards.

For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website. The 21-year-old is averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds.

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