Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart leaves game at Philadelphia 76ers with right ankle sprain


PHILADELPHIA – Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart suffered a right ankle sprain in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center and will not return, according to the team.

Smart drove down the lane and stepped onto the foot of 76ers center Joel Embiid, bending his ankle inward awkwardly and tumbling to the ground in a heap.

After spending several moments on the court in pain, he eventually got up and hobbled to the bench. Then he returned to the court, took his two free throws — missing both — and exited the game, going to the locker room with the help of a trainer.

Boston’s dramatic resurgence in the past few weeks coincided with Smart’s return from a quad injury. Entering Tuesday night’s game, Boston had won 10 of its past 11 games and had the best plus-minus of any team in the league by significant margin over that span.

Smart, 27, who signed a contract extension this past offseason with Boston — the only team he’s played for since being drafted sixth overall by the Celtics in 2014 — entered Tuesday averaging 11.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

Source : ESPN