Boston Celtics to remain patient with Kyrie Irving despite rash of injuries

Report: Marcus Smart out indefinitely with torn ligament in thumb

Report: Marcus Smart out indefinitely with torn ligament in thumb

Smart and the Celtics weren't sure if the injury would require surgery as of Monday, and are hoping for some good news from the second opinion - whenever Smart may get that. Risking further injury for short-term wins is playing with fire.

Smart injured his thumb during the Celtics' loss the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).

Losing Smart would be a critical blow to the C's at this juncture.

Irving is so essential to Boston's offense that his absence creates a void that Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier will have to try to fill at point guard.

Smart's right hand was later put in a cast, and he expressed confidence that "it will be all right".

It's been a tumultuous season for the impending restricted free agent, who was unable to reach agreement on a contract extension with the team last fall.

Smart's injury also leaves the Celtics with few healthy backcourt players until Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown return from their respective injuries.

"Sore, but it will be all right", Smart told reporters after the game.

Al Horford, who missed the IN game because of an illness, was listed as questionable.

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