For the time being, it looks like the Boston Celtics will be without the services of Marcus Smart for Saturday’s road game against the Washington Wizards. Boston’s head coach Ime Udoka made the announcement that due to a non-COVID related illness, Smart will be away from the team when the team travels to Washington.
The Celtics were defeated by Washington, 116-107, earlier this week at home.
#NEBHInjuryReport Marcus Smart is not feeling well and will not travel with the team to D.C. Aaron Nesmith missed today’s practice due to an illness as well, but he will likely travel, according to Coach Udoka. Both illnesses are non-COVID related.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 29, 2021
This illness is the most recent of a string of health issues Smart has dealt with as of late. After an overtime game against the Charlotte Hornets, it was reported that he was suffering with body aches and a migraine headache.
Smart has started the season slowly with averages of 7.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. With him out, the team will likely have to rely on Dennis Schroder to play more minutes with second-year point guard Payton Pritchard moving up in the rotation to play the backup minutes.