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Smart out two weeks with laceration on hand

Smart out two weeks with laceration on hand

SAN FRANCISCO – The laceration injury Celtics guard Marcus Smart suffered to his right hand will keep him out for two weeks, the team announced.

Smart was evaluated at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston by Drs. Tony Schena and Drew Terono, who determined Smart’s return should be in approximately two weeks.

The 6-foot-4 guard took to social media on Friday to try to explain in more detail how he was hurt.

Smart missed the Celtics' victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles on Wednesday night when it was announced before the game that he had cut his right (shooting) hand on glass at the team hotel. The previous night, Smart missed what would've been the game-winning shot in the final seconds of a 108-107 loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles. 

He traveled back to Boston on Friday for tests on his hand. 

Without Smart in the lineup, the Celtics will lean more on Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin off the bench. The Celtics play the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night in Oakland and the Nuggets on Monday night in Denver to conclude their West Coast trip. 

His absence may create more playing opportunities for seldom-used Abdel Nader and Jarell Eddie who was signed to a 10-day contract last week.

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Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

The Celtics have waived swingman Abdel Nader, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. It opens up a roster spot perhaps for Jabari Bird or another player who impressed in Summer League play.

Nader, 24, a native of Egypt, was a second-round pick in 2016 (58th overall). The 6-6 guard/small forward averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds and shot 33.6 percent (35.4 from 3) in 48 games last season, his first in the NBA.  He's still owed $450,000 but the rest of his contract was non-guaranteed. 

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Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Gordon Hayward told our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely earlier this week that "I'm just about full speed" (see video above) as he recovers from the devastating injury that derailed his season five minutes into his Celtics debut.

As if to prove it, Hayward posted an Instagram video that shows his surgically repaired ankle appearing to hold up pretty well as he hits a series of step-back and turnaround jumpers working with skills coach Drew Hanlen and finishes with him sinking 18 consecutive 3-pointers and counting.

It's on to five-on-five work next month. 

Click here for more on Blakely's exclusive one-on-one interview with Hayward.

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