Marcus Smart Heading To New York For Second Opinion On Thumb Injury

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With Marcus Smart's return this season hanging in the balance, he and the Celtics will now turn to a second opinion for answers. Risking further injury for short-term wins is playing with fire. The C's top bench option injured his thumb while diving for a loose ball in Sunday's loss to the Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics thus wait for news of whether their valuable stopper will play again this season. Despite making a season-high-tying six of his 12 3-point attempts on Sunday, Smart is shooting just 30.1 percent from long distance this season and 36.7 percent overall. "It's like a sprain right now".

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Overall in his two years at Vanderbilt, Baldwin posted 11.6 points, 4.8 dimes, 4.1 boards and 1.3 steals per game. Wojnarowski reports that the Celtics believe it is nothing more than knee tendonitis and that Irving is day-to-day and won't need to miss much time. Theis suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Smart's injury also leaves the Celtics with few healthy backcourt players until Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown return from their respective injuries.

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