Marcus Smart
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The Boston Celtics star guard Marcus Smart spoke at a team shootaround ahead of his return from a right ankle injury after a two-game absence.

He said the ailment would continue to bother him all season, and he would’ve played if Boston was in the playoffs.

His MRIs uncovered a lousy bone bruise that doesn’t require surgery. He’ll play tonight against the Chicago Bulls: