Marcus Smart: ‘I will return Wednesday’
|10.31.16 at 2:31 pm ET|
The Celtics bench, which has struggled at times in the early portion of this season, is about to get a boost.
Point guard Marcus Smart, who has missed the season’s first three games with a sprained left ankle, said he’ll be back in uniform for Wednesday’s rematch with the Bulls at TD Garden.
“I will return Wednesday,” he stated after practicing with the team Monday.
Coach Brad Stevens was a little less definitive but also optimistic that Smart will get his season started this week.
“He’s one of our returning most-contributive players, so that’s a big addition to our team,” Stevens said. “He looked good today. We’ll see how he feels in the next couple of days. But every indication is that he’ll be available.”
Stevens said he’ll consult with trainers to determine if he should limit Smart’s minutes, but Smart said he won’t make any adjustments in an attempt to ease his way back.
“You go right back to what you know,” Smart said. “You can’t try to baby it.”
Smart is looking forward to moving past the frustration of watching helplessly while the C’s bench fails to live up to expectations.
“[It’s tough when] you can’t be out there with your teammates and you know that you can help and they want you out there,” he said.
Meanwhile, the other injured Celtic, forward Kelly Olynyk (shoulder), also practiced Monday, and Stevens said he remains on schedule for a return in a couple of weeks.
“Kelly looked fine,” Stevens said. “We didn’t have any restrictions with regard to how much practice. He hasn’t gotten a full practice in since last Tuesday because we haven’t practiced. So this is all about how he feels tomorrow and the next day and just making sure that shoulder recovers.”
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