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Celtics put Marcus Smart in COVID-19 protocols

Celtics put Marcus Smart in COVID-19 protocols

Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss Boston’s game against Philadelphia on Friday after being placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Charles Krupa/Associated Press

The Celtics will be without their base guard Marcus Smart for their second straight game after the veteran was placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols for Boston’s game against Philadelphia on Friday night.

Smart missed Wednesday’s win over the Pacers with a thigh contusion but was on track to return from injury for Friday’s game against the 76ers. However, Smart became the 15th player on Boston’s 17-man roster to enter protocols this year. Smart also tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020.

Smart has been one of Boston’s most trusted contributors this season, playing in 38 of the team’s 42 games, averaging 34.1 minutes per game. The Celtics are 1-3 in games Smart has missed this year with the only win coming Wednesday against the Pacers.

With Smart out of the lineup, Dennis Schroder will most likely continue to see starts as point guard, while off the bench there will be opportunities for Payton Pritchard and other young reserves to fill in the rest of his minutes.

“Obviously Dennis was in that role all year when Jaylen or Jayson was out or Marcus just missed a game or two,” coach Ime Udoka said earlier this week. “So we obviously feel like we have another guy who is actually a sixth starter. Payton’s return is clearly welcome on that score, and what you saw in the last game was Josh Richardson playing a point guard defensively towards the end and handling the ball, initiating the attack. And you always have Jayson and Jaylen hitting the ball very often and guys can play against them.”


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