Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart still needs more time to recover from an ankle injury, but the eight-year NBA veteran will be ready to go for training camp later this month.
Smart suffered the injury in Game 3 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. The Celtics went on to beat the Heat in Game 7 at FTX Arena.
“My ankle is getting better, it’s still healing, so I’m going through this,” Smart said in an interview with CLNS Media. Last season, the 28-year-old won NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Meet Marcus Smart at the YounGameChanger pop-up shop in Boston today. he said. @CLNSMedia He is still recovering from his ECF ankle injury.
“I’m dealing with that. I’m just giving it as much rest as I can.”
“I’m so close (to 100%).”
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Now, Wolverine is taking things slow. He prefers to rest his ankle.
“Give me as much rest as I can, but I’ll definitely be back on the court,” Smart continued.
“I’m definitely back in action. It feels like we started playing yesterday, we haven’t missed anything, but I’m definitely doing everything I can to get ready for next season and go deep.
Marcus Smart on ankle injury: “I’m very close to 100 percent”
When asked about the return date, the guard said, “I am very close [to 100%]Obviously it’s September, you don’t want to be in June, July, May so I’m trying not to get too crazy, but I’m so close and I’m going into the ninth season of this. “
“So for me, I know exactly what I want and I know what I need to prepare myself, so I’ll be there.”
During the 2021-22 season, Marcus Smart averaged 12.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.7 steals in 71 games. In addition to averaging 32.3 minutes per game, the guard shot 41.8% from the field and 33.1% from 3-point range.
Not to mention, Smart won his first NBA Defensive Player of the Year award and earned his third NBA All-Defensive First-Team selection.
Smart finished with a game-high 12 assists in the Celtics’ 127-102 win over the Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals.
Of course, in six games against the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals, the guard averaged 15.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
During the interview, Marcus Smart was asked how the Celtics handled the Finals loss. We learned a lot from our experience and unfortunately we had to lose to do that, but now we know what it takes to play, we know the stress it takes on you to be there, mentally, physically, emotionally.