The Boston Celtics came up short against the Orlando Magic 116-108 on Sunday night but, nonetheless, still managed to clinch the Eastern Conference’s 4 seed. Unfortunately, they lost more than just a game.
In the contest that ultimately had no effect on their playoff standings, the Celtics lost two starters to injury — Jayson Tatum with a bruised shin and former Poke Marcus Smart with what was determined to be a torn oblique muscle.
Here’s a video of the impact and then of Smart, in obvious pain, falling to the floor and having to be helped off of the court.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) April 8, 2019
That’s the old news. Celtics fans’ fears were confirmed on Wednesday when NBA inside Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the fifth-year player would miss significant time (at the worst possible time).
Marcus Smart has suffered a torn oblique on left side and could be sidelined for the first two rounds of the playoffs, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 10, 2019
The Celtics put a bow on their regular season slate on Wednesday and await a first round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers, which they will unfortunately undertake sans Marcus Smart.