The Boston Celtics said Sunday that guard Marcus Smart has a grade 1 strain of his left calf.
The Celtics said Smart would be out for two to three weeks, but a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojanowski that there was optimism that he could return closer to one to two weeks.
Smart attended an MRI on Sunday after going through Boston’s 96–95 fourth quarter loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday with an injury.
Smart, who entered the game at an average of 13.2 points and 6.0 assists – both career highs – did not appear to get on anyone’s feet when he was in front of Boston’s bench for a rebound with 10 minutes, 31 seconds remaining. Came down after fighting. fourth quarter. But after a moment, Smart grabbed the back of his left leg and fell to the ground, alleviating the pain.
After Boston was called a timeout, Smart stopped a little before finally helping him out of court and was promptly returned to Boston’s locker room by two Boston staffers. He did not put any weight on his left leg while he was being helped.
Boston, which has lost two consecutive games, left for the five-game West Coast trip starting on Tuesday in San Francisco against the Golden State Warriors.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.