Smart sets timetable for return to Celtics

Marcus Smart, who had surgery in mid-March to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, expects to return to the team by the second round of the playoffs — if not slightly sooner, according to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.

Wearing a splint on his shooting hand, Smart took shots before Sunday’s Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks and said he could potentially be back in time for a Game 7 of the first round.

“Today was the first day with the new splint on to actually get out here and do something. So the thumb felt well,” said Smart.

“We’re on track for next three weeks, possibly Game 7 of the first round, [but] definitely second round. So we’re on the right path.”

Smart, 24, is averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds this season.

The Celtics can certainly use the help.

Boston has just 11 healthy players on its 15-man postseason roster and lost Kyrie Irving for the postseason when he underwent knee surgery in early April.

–Field Level Media

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