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It's a little late in the season for our annual "Marcus Smart dove for a ball and hurt himself" injury.
The timing could hardly be worse, too. With Jaylen Brown working his way through the concussion protocol, Al Horford ill, Kyrie Irving resting a sore knee, Daniel Theis likely done for the season with a torn meniscus, and Gordon Hayward reportedly unlikely to return this season, nearly half the Boston Celtics roster have been dealing with absences in recent days.
Smart, who sprained and possibly tore a ligament in his thumb in Sunday's game against the Indiana Pacers, is reportedly seeking another opinion to see if it will require surgery, and will remain out of the lineup until his status is clearer.
Boston could, if it is determined Smart, Hayward, Theis, and one other player miss three consecutive games, be granted a hardship exception to sign a player until one of those players is able to return from injury, providing an eighteenth roster spot for them so Boston doesn't need to cut a player. If they decided to keep such a player beyond the scope of the hardship, however, they would be required to let another player go.

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Justin Quinn 3/13/2018 10:47:00 AM Edit
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