After news surfaced that center Daniel Theis will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus, multiple reports surfaced that Celtics defensive centerpiece Marcus Smart sustained a torn tendon in his right thumb. The prospect of playing in pain, if the injury is not subject to further damage, is not a problem for Smart.
"(They're) waiting for that second opinion", the source said yesterday. "Don't know if it's a 50 percent chance or a 30 percent chance".
Smart injured his thumb during the Celtics' loss the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Theis was already ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery to fix a torn left meniscus, while Hayward, who is recovering from ankle and knee injuries has expressed optimism for a return while coach Brad Stevens and president Danny Ainge have played the cautious side, saying he won't return this season.
Smart's right hand was later put in a cast, and he expressed confidence that "it will be all right".
Himmelsbach reported the situation "doesn't look good" for Smart.