Celtics’ Marcus Smart likely out until all-star break

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will likely be out until the All-Star break ends, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Smart suffered left calf strain on Jan. 30 in a 95-96 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

At first, it looked like Smart suffered an injury to Achilles, which probably would have ruled him out for the season.

But medical imaging confirmed that Smart only suffered a calf strain.

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Still, the Celtics are cautious with the reigning All-Defensive first-team guard – despite being 5-6 without him.

Smart has been an integral part of the Celtics’ success since being selected for sixth overall by the team in 2014.

This season, Smart has averaged career highs in points (13.1), assists (6.1) and interceptions (1.8).

It will be difficult to assess the Celtics’ cap without Smart, which makes GM Danny Ainge’s decision on whether or not to make a trade all the more difficult.

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