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Due to injury, Marcus Smart expected to miss first NBA game in Africa

Portland Trailblazers v Boston Celtics

Portland Trailblazers v Boston Celtics

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Boston is lucky. Marcus Smart’s dislocation of two fingers during a Summer League game looked nasty when it happened.

But after five stitches (the bone broke through the skin) and the joints being popped back in place, he is expected to be ready to go when the season starts.

However, he was going to play in the NBA’s exhibition game in Africa, and he is now out, reports the Boston Globe.

Injured Celtics guard Marcus Smart is expected to miss an Aug. 1 exhibition game in South Africa, according to a league source. Smart dislocated two fingers in his right hand on Thursday night.

Smart, guard Evan Turner, and coach Brad Stevens were to be among a contingent of NBA players and coaches taking part in the first NBA game played in Africa. But Smart will now stay in Boston as his fingers heal.

No real shock here, teams tend to be cautious with injured players and Boston is going to need Smart come the season. No reason to take another risk.

No word on who will replace him on the roster of guys heading to Afrka