Less than halfway through Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Boston Celtics were contending with another injury to one of their key players.
Starting point guard Marcus Smart, the 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year, went straight to the locker room as the first half wound down against the Bucks after a collision in the lane with Milwaukee guard Jevon Carter.
Smart returned for the second half, however, despite suffering an apparent right shoulder stinger and right quad contusion. He finished with 10 points on 3 of 11 shooting -- 1 for 6 from 3-point range -- with two steals and six assists over 33 minutes in the Celtics' 101-89 loss.
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"I think the quad bothered him more than the shoulder but he's going to play through a lot," Boston coach Ime Udoka said after the game. "It could have affected him offensively, getting downhill and driving a little bit; defensively as well, he likes to climb up into guys and be more physical. It probably affected him some. He's getting iced down now; I assume he'll be OK."
The Celtics were without starting center Robert Williams III for the first two games of their series against the Brooklyn Nets, getting him back in a limited role for the final two games of the sweep before he returned to the starting lineup in Game 1 on Sunday.
Jaylen Brown also appears to be somewhat dinged up for the Celtics, nursing a hamstring ailment.