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Marcus Smart apologizes to Celtics for cutting hand

28 January 2018, 12:11 | Stacy Ballard

Marcus Smart apologizes to Celtics for cutting hand

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Marcus Smart is having a solid season as part of the top-of-the-conference Celtics.

Smart is simply the latest in the line of these injuries. "Marcus is a teammate that I have a lot of respect for, and I'm going to stand by him", Horford said.

Smart tweeted Friday that he injured his hand while swiping at a picture frame on the wall at the team hotel.

Following evaluation by Drs.

Smart returned to Boston on Thursday and was evaluated by doctors Anthony Schena and Andrew Terrono at New England Baptist Hospital. Missing 15 rookie season games as a rookie and 23 as a sophomore, Irving has missed significant time in every season, the next few having 12, 7, 29 and 10 missed games respectively. Luckily, the Celtics will not have as tough a schedule the second half of the season, which will prove to be beneficial to the Celtics' health heading into the second-half. The Celtics have been 2.7 points per 100 possessions better with him on the court this season. Last season, he allowed 0.932 points per possession, which ranked in the 40th percentile. Boston snapped a four-game losing streak with Wednesday's win. They still have the best defensive rating in the league, and are continuing to give opposing teams struggles.

Pak Senate body sets stage for public hanging of Zainab's killer
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday formally announced the arrest of 23-year-old Imran Ali . Zainab's father, Mohammed Amin, on television, demanded that his daughter's killer be hanged.

They were back to going the Celtics' way Wednesday night. Curry, Durant and Thompson combine to average 74.0 PPG and shoot 43.3 percent from beyond the arc. They held Boston to a field goal percentage of 32.9%, but it was ultimately not good enough to pull out the victory with their offensive struggles.

The Warriors lost 92-88 back in November when they took on the Celtics in Boston. They will face a stiff test on Saturday night in a prime-time game against the Warriors, which will show if they've made some progress. "We needed to. We didn't do enough the last couple of games". A player whose game is contingent on creating handle and meandering through with his handle and agility needs a good knee with which to do it.

His injury will delegate more minutes to young Terry Rozier as Kyrie Irving's backup during Smart's absence.

"We've always had that next-guy mentality", said Jaylen Brown, "so when somebody goes down, it's an opportunity for somebody to step up".



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