Celtics' Smart suffers strained oblique

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported later Sunday night that Smart has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, which carries a much shorter recovery time than a hip contusion.

It was nearly a comeback, but down 14 points going into the fourth quarter, the Boston Celtics loss a game that ended up meaning nothing to a playoff hungry Orlando Magic team 116-108. Stevens revealed after the game that Tatum had a shin contusion, which the 21-year-old evidently aggravated while jumping in the first quarter. He attempted to return to the game but only survived one more possession before heading to the locker room. That would give them both about a week off before the Celtics tip-off the NBA Playoffs next weekend against the Indiana Pacers, which is hopefully all they need to get close to full strength. Trying to crash down in to the paint on defense, Smart collided with Magic big man Nikola Vucevic and immediately crumpled to the ground in pain. A road game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday and a home game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in the season finale.

After their game against the Magic, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was optimistic that Smart did not suffer a serious injury.

"He felt like it was spasming on that second trip down the court", Stevens said.

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"The point of (Sunday) was to try to - because we won't play [a playoff game] 'til Saturday, maybe Sunday - was to get a true game for some of our starters and our top seven or eight guys", Stevens said. "He's really sore. But he was walking around, which is good, in the locker room".

The Magic erased a 13-point first-half deficit and took an 83-78 lead into the fourth quarter. "But those guys will play a lot less on Tuesday, if at all".

"It was never told to me as it was something that would keep him from playing", Stevens said.

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