BOSTON — The Celtics will be without the 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday night as the team ruled Marcus Smart out of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Milwaukee Bucks with a right quad contusion.
Smart initially hurt the quad in the first half of Game 1 on Sunday but came back and took back-to-back shots to the right leg in the third quarter.
On Monday, Boston coach Ime Udoka said Smart was going to try and fight through the injury and he’d be getting treatment until game time.
It was more than just a tolerance issue as Udoka explained Smart’s movement was going to be restricted.
“It’s something that’s gonna be stiff. He got hit twice there,” Udoka said on Monday.
When Smart exited the game in the third quarter, he needed to hit the exercise bike before checking back in with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter. He played until Udoka took out his starters with 1:59 to go in the 101-89 loss.
In 33 minutes, Smart finished with 10 points and six assists.