Celtics lose Smart 2-3 weeks with right calf injury

Published February 1, 2021, 1:02 PM

by Agence-France-Presse

Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 30, 2021 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss the next two to three weeks of the NBA season with a right calf strain, the team announced Sunday.

A Sunday morning MRI exam showed Smart had suffered a mild muscle tear, allowing doctors to make a timetable for his recovery.

“Be back in no time,” Smart tweeted Sunday. “The squad got this.”

Smart suffered the injury Saturday in Boston’s 96-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

He was helped off the court with 10:28 remaining in the fourth quarter after a collision under the basket with Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell, who tipped in a basket but landed on Smart’s foot.

The 26-year-old American, in his seventh NBA campaign, is averaging 13.1 points and 6.1 assists a game, both career highs.

At 10-8, the Celtics are fifth in the Eastern Conference.