The Boston Celtics have been dealing with a number of injuries to key players this season including defensive-stopper Marcus Smart.
Smart is recovering from undergoing surgery on March 16 to repair a torn ligament in his thumb and is eyeing a return to the Celtics lineup this postseason.
“Today was the first day with the new splint on to actually get out here and do something. So, the thumb felt well,” Smart said, per ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “We’re on track for (a return in the) next three weeks, possibly Game 7 of the first round, (but) definitely second round. So, we’re on the right path.”
Though the news of returning is definitely exciting for Smart who hasn’t suited up in weeks, he received bad news about his mother days before the 2018 playoffs began.
#Celtics guard Marcus Smart said his mother found out she had cancer of the bone marrow around the London trip but held off on telling him until this past Wednesday so he could focus on basketball. Unfortunately, not a candidate for extensive transplants/treatments at age 63.
— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) April 17, 2018
Though Smart is not rushing a return that could cause a setback, his mother’s diagnosis has furthermore motivated him to lead Boston deep into the postseason.
Smart’s older brother, Todd, lost a long battle with cancer at the age of 33 in 2004, when Smart was just 9 years old.
Smart said he does not believe a bone marrow transplant is a possibility for his mother, but he said, “She’s a fighter,” and, “We’re trying to see what can work right now.”
We are rooting for you, Marcus. Prayers up to his mother.
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