The Celtics Are Reportedly Unsure Whether Marcus Smart Will Return This Season

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"(They're) waiting for that second opinion", the source said yesterday.

Recovery from this kind of surgery can take 3-4 months, according to someone familiar with the procedure. The guard suffered the injury while trying to retrieve a steal during Sunday night's loss to the Indiana Pacers.

The degree of sprain, though, could be a problem. The lack of an extension wasn't unusual for the Celtics, who rarely extend players off rookie contracts.

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"Sore, but it will be all right", Smart told reporters after the game. Smart missed time earlier in the season after lacerating that same hand when he hit a picture frame on the wall at the team hotel during an angry outburst. "Just don't know." The expectation is that Smart tore a ligament in his thumb, which the Celtics are calling a sprain, and he's now visiting with a specialist in NY to determine if surgery will be required.

Theis and Smart were both hurt in Sunday's game, with Smart's injury occurring when he dove to the floor.

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving will not play in Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards because of a knee injury. Al Horford is also considered questionable.