Celtics

Marcus Smart misses second straight Team USA practice with left calf tightness

LAS VEGAS — Celtics guard Marcus Smart sat out Team USA’s practice Wednesday due to a sore left calf and will not participate the remainder of training camp in Las Vegas.

Smart expects to travel with the team to Los Angeles next week when Team USA resumes camp on Aug. 13 and he will be reevaluated then by the medical staff. Smart, removed himself from practice on Tuesday after initially experiencing tightness, reaffirmed that he is merely exercising an abundance of caution.

"Right now, for me, I’m trying to grow as a player... taking those precautions,” said Smart. "Last year, or two or three years ago, I probably would have still been out there trying to fight through it. It’s nothing serious so we just want to make sure it doesn’t turn into anything serious.”

Smart sat next to rehabbing Kyle Lowry and watched Team USA scrimmage the Select Team at the end of the workout on Wednesday at the Mendenhall Center on the campus of UNLV. Team USA wraps up four days of workouts on Thursday before an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday night at T-Mobile Arena caps the team's week in Vegas.

Smart, one of the players most eager to make Team USA’s final roster, had hoped to be back on the court Wednesday. Team USA assistant coach Steve Kerr said Smart had been one of the best players on the court during the first two days of practice.

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