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Celtics: Smart to be sidelined six to eight weeks

Celtics: Smart to be sidelined six to eight weeks

BOSTON – Marcus Smart is out for the remainder of the regular season, but there’s a very good chance he’ll be available at some point in the Boston Celtics' postseason quest. 
 
The 6-foot-4 guard underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb which is expected to keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks. 

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“It’s a tough deal for Marcus,” coach Brad Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game. “Marcus has been an incredible player for us all year. He’s meant a lot to us.”
 
If we’re working from today, that would put Smart’s return to the floor most likely near the end of the first round or early in the second.
 
While Smart’s statistics don’t jump off the page, there’s no getting around the impact he has made on this team this season. 
 
After missing several games after punching a picture frame in Los Angeles, the Celtics struggled in his absence. Upon his return right after the All-Star break, the C's began playing some of their best basketball of the season. 
 
But as important as Smart has been to the team this season, Boston has been a “Next Man Up” squad all season, so the Celtics are well-versed on how to make up for the loss of key players. 
 
Look for extended minutes going forward for Terry Rozier and Abdel Nader, two of the team’s healthier perimeter players. 
 
Boston’s Semi Ojeleye is likely to see his role increase as well with Smart out as well as Daniel Theis who recently underwent season-ending surgery on his torn meniscus injury suffered in Boston’s 99-97 loss to Indiana. 

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“We’re going to be in the process of really looking at ourselves and redistribute responsibility on our team without guys going outside of what they do best,” Stevens said. 
 
Smart appeared in 54 games this season, averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. He has a defensive rating of 99.6 which ranks fifth in the league among players who averaged at least 28 minutes played per game.

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How good are the Celtics when Terry Rozier scores? That, plus more cool stats

How good are the Celtics when Terry Rozier scores? That, plus more cool stats

BOSTON -- We all know that Terry Rozier is an important part of this Boston Celtics puzzle of players.

He showed his worth during the playoffs last season and after a so-so start, he seems to be getting back into a nice groove.

But as important as it is for Rozier to contribute in a multitude of areas, the one barometer for his success and the team’s for that matter, is him getting buckets.

Rozier has had 13 games this season in which he has reached double figures scoring for the Boston Celtics.

And their record in those games?

A near-spotless 12-1 record, with the lone loss coming at Utah on Nov. 9.

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So as much as we want to weigh in on the various analytics data that may factor into tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks, arguably the most basic stat of them all - scoring - will be the truth-teller tonight when it comes to Rozier’s impact on Boston winning.

Here are some more notable stats heading into tonight’s game against Atlanta.

  • Semi Ojeleye has the best defensive rating (88.0) in the NBA among players this season to appear in at least 20 games and average at least 10 minutes per game.

  • Marcus Morris is shooting 49.5 percent on above-the-break 3’s, which ranks 2nd in the NBA.

  • Aron Baynes had a season-high 16 points against the Hawks on Nov. 23, in addition to grabbing nine rebounds.

  • Robert Williams has 12 made baskets this season, 10 of which are dunks.

  • The Atlanta Hawks are giving up a league-high 118 points per game this season. To put that in perspective, no team has allowed that many points since the Denver Nuggets (130.8) did so during the 1990-1991 season, which was 28 years ago.

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Watch out: Robert Williams' "Time Lord" nickname may draw fitting sponsor

Watch out: Robert Williams' "Time Lord" nickname may draw fitting sponsor

Never underestimate the power of the internet.

That was where Robert Williams' "Time Lord" nickname first originated as the brainchild of Ryan Hebert, aka @HebertofRiffs on Twitter.

Fast forward to Friday afternoon, when the "Time Lord" hype appeared earn the Boston Celtics rookie a shot at a sponsorship with ... a major watch company?

Well played, Timex.

This actually would be the perfect partnership: If Williams has his own customized watch, he'll never sleep through a conference call or a miss a flight again.

And what better way for Timex to promote its brand than through the Lord of Time himself?

Danny Ainge and Williams' sister may throw a wrench in the deal if they succeed in changing the young big man's nickname. (Both aren't fans of the moniker.) But considering the "Time Lord" is getting literal sponsorship offers now, we're guessing the nickname is here to stay.

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