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Boston Celtics rule out Marcus Smart for Game 2 against Milwaukee Bucks because of quad contusion

Boston Celtics rule out Marcus Smart for Game 2 against Milwaukee Bucks because of quad contusion
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BOSTON — The Celtics will be without the 2021-22 NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday night, as the team ruled Marcus Smart out of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee Bucks because of a right quad contusion.

Smart initially hurt the quad in the first half of Game 1 on Sunday but came back. He then took back-to-back shots to the right leg in the third quarter.

« It’s a little bit of both, swelling and pain, restricted movement, » Boston coach Ime Udoka said at his pregame news conference. « Some limited movement that didn’t get better over the days like we thought it would. »

With three days off between Game 2 and Game 3 in Milwaukee on Saturday, Udoka expects Smart to be better by the time the Celtics take the floor again after Tuesday’s game.

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Udoka added that Derrick White will start in Smart’s place.

« I think he does a lot of things well. Obviously, it’s hard to make up for Marcus specifically for what he does for our team, » Udoka said.

« Derrick is another big guard that you don’t lose a lot as far as size and versatility defensively. Then offensively, he’s very capable of scoring, running plays and getting guys the ball. The beauty of having him is he checks a lot of those boxes.

« There’s not a lot of drop-off with Derrick in there other than the toughness that nobody really brings that Marcus has. »

When Smart exited the game in the third quarter, he needed to hit the exercise bike before checking back in with 8 minutes, 37 seconds 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.

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