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That’s how lengthy it took earlier than Marcus Good launched himself on the ground in Sport 5 of an Japanese Convention first-round collection towards the Milwaukee Bucks final 12 months. Good was taking part in his first sport in six weeks after tearing a ligament in his proper hand however, with little greater than a protecting wrap, he dove on the laborious parquet in pursuit of a unfastened ball.
It’s the right summation of Good.
And it’s precisely what the Celtics will miss after an MRI on Wednesday revealed that Smart will be out four to six weeks with what the group termed a partial avulsion of his left indirect belly muscle off of his iliac crest.
It’s an harm that’s uncommon to NBA gamers, in response to sources, which makes the return-to-action timeline a bit murkier.
The Celtics had been holding out hope that Good would possibly get well in time for a return in Spherical 2 of the postseason, in response to league sources, however even a four-week restoration would go away him returning to basketball actions in early Could. The convention finals are scheduled to start out Could 14-15.
NBCSports Boston — Celtics lose more than defense with Smart’s absence
Accidents to key gamers within the post-season can strike any group within the league, however they positive appear to strike with unmatched frequency right here in Boston. KG in 2009, Perk in a vital spot in 2010, Rajon Rondo in 2011 (thanks for the reminiscences, Dwyane), Isaiah Thomas in 2017 (although it most likely didn’t matter towards that Cavs juggernaut), Kyrie Irving final season and now Marcus as we sit three days from the beginning of this Celtics’ post-season run.
What’s wild is that this one was oh so freaking avoidable. From Jay King at The Athletic:
The seriousness of Good’s harm highlights Boston’s lack of warning. For weeks, the Celtics had harassed they meant to prioritize well being down the stretch. But in a principally meaningless sport towards the Orlando Magic, after that they had already wrapped up home-court benefit within the first spherical, they allowed Good to re-enter after a collision with Nikola Vucevic left him in apparent ache.
After a timeout was known as, Good limped over to the Celtics bench, the place he was examined by coach Artwork Horne. The 2 chatted all through the timeout and Good, in response to coach Brad Stevens, argued he felt wholesome sufficient to proceed taking part in. The guard was permitted to remain within the lineup. After returning to the courtroom, Good might inform one thing wasn’t proper. Whereas retreating on protection, he skilled sufficient ache to name for a sub. He limped, then crumbled to the ground, clutching at his hip area as he did it.
Hindsight is 20/20, and this entire determination to play the starters towards Orlando has already been lined within the final couple of days, so let’s transfer past that and speak about what’s in entrance of us.
There’ll most likely be lengthy stretches of video games right here within the first spherical the place the lack of Good isn’t fairly that noticeable. For as a lot of a wrestle because the season has been, the Celtics are, certainly, nonetheless fairly deep. They’ll nonetheless win with out Marcus. And for as a lot as Terry Rozier has complained (particularly recently) about how a lot the season has sucked for him, right here’s his probability to recapture some Scary Terry magic. Perhaps he does and retains issues buzzing in Good’s absence.
However be it on this collection or early within the subsequent one, there’s going to be a stretch the place issues begin going off the rails, and the Celtics want an enormous play to get again on them. Or, there’s going to be a crunch-time sequence the place a cease, or a steal or a hustle play is required. The remainder of the roster isn’t a bunch of no-effort softies, however there’s just one man you may depend on to make that play or get that cease with regularity, and that’s Good.
One fascinating nugget from Forsberg referenced above is that not a lot is thought about the kind of indirect harm that Good obtained because it pertains to the NBA. That, plus Good’s toughness led Adam Himmelsbach to tweet this:
Let’s see how Good feels per week from now, but when he’s capable of come again on the low finish of that and the Celtics advance, perhaps we see him for sport three in Boston towards Milwaukee.
However, I take all the things Boston Celtics injury-related with a grain of salt. Bear in mind KG in 2009 coming again any day now? How about Kyrie final 12 months? These had been each extra structural in nature, the place as that is muscular, however I’m conserving my guard up.
Herald — Celtics lose Smart for 4-6 weeks
NBCSports Boston — Marcus Smart could miss first two rounds of playoffs
On web page 2 Kyrie displays, confounds and confuses
As excited he’s for the playoffs to start, he’s equally comfortable the common season is over. This explicit common season appears to have been particularly tiresome for Boston’s 27-year-old star. When requested to replicate on this previous season he stated “quite a lot of bulls—.”
Irving made it clear that he was speaking about himself and the way he might have dealt with skilled and private conditions otherwise.
“I had quite a lot of questions, quite a lot of issues that weren’t being answered straight up about what it takes to be an amazing skilled on this league,” he stated. “I believe the body of that’s simply outdated by way of what it’s a must to be each single day. It’s not that onerous, you realize what I imply? I believe the media and all of the stuff that comes with it, I believe that it’s an thrilling a part of that that you simply’ve bought to concentrate on. However the true half is actually what I used to get up each single morning to do, and that’s to place a ball within the hoop and be actually nice at it.”
Okay it was not Billy Madison ranges of irrational, it wasn’t idiotic, however typically I simply don’t know the place Kyrie Irving goes and what he’s actually making an attempt to say.
What was confounding, although, is that he once more took some blame and included some self-reflection.
In any case, it’s clear that Kyrie is able to look ahead and never look again on what has been a making an attempt season for him personally and for his group. Of the playoffs:
“The competition-level is at an all-time excessive,” he stated in the present day after the group’s first postseason follow. “By any means vital it’s a must to go on the market and get a win. It’s simply one thing to play for, it’s basketball, true basketball.”
I’m personally prepared for Kyrie to go off within the post-season, to really endear himself to 20,000 followers decked out in inexperienced and white, and to lift his teammates up within the course of. Let’s hope it occurs!
And eventually, the Celtics on Celtics survey unearthed some nice nuggets
One reality unearthed through the interview course of: Morris doesn’t like when teammates decline to put on socks. He break up his vote between Baynes, whose trend sense is bland, and Brown.
“JB by no means wears socks,” Morris stated, “so I don’t like that.”
The Athletic — Celtics on Celtics survey
That is definitely worth the learn when you’ve got a subscription to The Athletic. Marcus Morris on why Jaylen Brown is the worst dressed Celtic cracked me up.