Celtics: Smart out 4-6 weeks partially torn oblique muscle

Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart leaves the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Boston Sunday

However, the injury does not seem to be too big of a deal, and Tatum is expecting to play in Game 1 of the Celtics' first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers this weekend, according to Jay King of The Athletic.

He is expected to return to basketball activities in 4-6 weeks. Boston would add that contact with Magic center Nikola Vucevic, who's listed at 7-foot-0, 260 pounds, midway through the third quarter of Sunday's contest is what led to Smart's injury.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart is in danger of missing the first two rounds of the playoffs after an MRI on Wednesday revealed a partial avulsion of his left oblique, the team announced Wednesday night.

Smart originally sustained the injury early on during Boston's loss to the Magic on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Oklahoma State product started 60 of his 80 games this season. A year ago the Celtics reached Game 7 of the conference finals while playing without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, who were both recovering from injuries. And it happened on a odd play, as Smart collided with Magic center Nikola Vucevic while chasing Evan Fournier down the lane, then crashed to the ground, holding his side.

Smart is a key part of Boston's gameplan. But after the Celtics had the ball for one offensive possession - on which Smart was clearly moving gingerly - Smart called for the bench to replace him as he limped back on defense before falling to the floor, writhing in pain and holding his side.

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