After missing the last four weeks of the regular season, and the first four games of the playoffs, Marcus Smart has been cleared to return to game action. It is not a sure thing Smart will play in game 5 however, as Brad Stevens announced they will have to wait to see how he reacts to contact during morning shoot around.
Smart’s defense will be much needed for game 5 as the Celtics rank second-to-last defensively in the playoffs after being one of the top defensive teams in the regular season. The addition of Smart should help contain Khris Middleton as well las helping on Giannis Antetokounmpo.
A definite answer on Smart’s status should come later on today after the Celtics morning shoot around.
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