Celtics' Smart out 4-6 weeks with torn oblique muscle

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Just days before the Celtics are set to host IN in Game 1 of a first-round series, the news struck a damaging blow to Boston's postseason chances.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the shooting guard could miss the first two rounds of the playoffs that is if the Celtics manage to beat the Pacers and potentially the East's top seeds Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.

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Smart will resume basketball activities in 4 weeks.

This past Saturday, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum left early during his team's loss against the Orlando Magic as a result of a shin contusion and proceeded to miss the rest of that game and the final game of the regular season.

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Expect Stevens to go with either Jaylen Brown or Gordon Hayward - former members of the Celtics' starting lineup - to replace Smart.

Smart signed a four-year, $52 million contract as a restricted free agent last off-season. Trying to crash down into the paint on defense, Smart collided with Magic big man Nikola Vucevic and immediately crumpled to the ground in pain. Smart suffered the injury midway through the third quarter, and it was initially expected to be a minor knock.

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That said, Boston still has the more talented team than the Victor Oladipo-less Indiana Pacers and should be able to take down Coach Nate McMillan's ball club. Eventually, he got to his feet and, with the help of trainers, hobbled to the locker room.