The Boston Celtics will have to play without Marcus Smart against the Toronto Raptors on Monday’s Eastern Conference showdown.
At first, Smart was referred to as questionable in Boston’s injury list, but then the Celtics downgraded him to ‘out’ due to a right thumb sprain.
Smart is covering the starting point guard position, with Kemba Walker still recovering from a knee injury and Jeff Teague also out with injury.
On Monday’s game, rookie Payton Pritchard is expected to receive plenty of time at the guard position, while Tremont Waters is also going to cover his team’s needs in the perimeter, per head coach Brad Stevens.
Smart is averaging 12.6 and a career-high 6.7 assists per in the first seven games of the season. The Celtics kicked out the 2020/21 campaign with a 4-3 record thanks to the exceptional play of the trio consisted of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart.