It looks like the Celtics will finally get their new sixth-man back. According to Twitter, Smart made it through a full practice this morning and said he would be making his season debut this Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls. Smart suffered a left ankle sprain against the New York Knicks in the preseason.
Smart said he went "all out" at practice.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) October 31, 2016
#Celtics Marcus Smart said ankle made it through full practice today, expects no limitations in return Wednesday vs. #Bulls.— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) October 31, 2016
His return couldn't possibly be more timely as the Celtics second unit has been struggling mightily without Smart. In the season opener against the Nets, the bench surrendered a double-digit lead that forced the starting unit back into the game. The following night against the Bulls the bench players were never able to truly establish any offensive rhythm.
Smart's return should give coach Brad Stevens second unit some stability and add a dedicated ball handler to the group. Oh, and Smart's improved shooting should help.
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