BOSTON – Clinging to a 95-93 lead with the ball, there were more than a few Boston Celtics fans cringing when the ball left Marcus Smart’s hands with time winding down.
The shot was short – well short – of the rim, but a hustling Jae Crowder was in place for the rebound and put it in for a lay-up.
Smart had a legit reason for the missed shot – he literally couldn’t see the rim.
The 6-foot-4 guard suffered a cut above his right eye that was bleeding at the time he shot the ball.
“Next thing I know I’m running down the court, blood rushing down into my eye,” Smart said. “So when Jae throws me the ball, all I see is five seconds on the shot clock or something like that. I couldn’t see out my right eye.”
Smart, the second Celtics player in as many games to suffer an eye injury, said it won’t prevent him from being on the floor Friday night against Milwaukee.
This was just the latest quirky injury that the Celtics have had to deal with this season.
For Smart, injuries to the eye requiring stitches is nothing new.
“This is my second time getting stitches in this eye, actually,” he said. “When I was a freshman in high school I had 12, so this makes 16 in this eye. And I had six in the other eye. I’m a stitches’ magnet.”
Smart says the injury won’t require him to wear goggles upon his return to the floor on Friday.
But he doesn’t believe the same is true for Turner, who did not play in Wednesday’s game.
“So that’ll be an interesting sight to see,” Smart said. “But I’m Okay.”
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Turner would participate in a light, non-contract practice on Thursday and depending on how that went he would potentially play on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Stevens said he was not sure if a condition of Turner’s return to action will be him needing to wear protection goggles.