Marcus Smart has been medically cleared to return from the torn right thumb tendon that has sidelined him since March 11. Barring a pregame setback, he is expected to be in uniform for an all-important Game 5 on Tuesday night in Boston. At Yahoo Sports, I wrote about what his return means against a Bucks team that had its way with the C’s in Milwaukee:
Rust doesn’t much bother Smart, partly because his jumper always needs oil at the joints, but mostly because he is the rust. He finds your weaknesses and sticks to them until you’re fully corroded. Hard as you may try to touch up the scratches and dents, he’ll spread like an iron oxide into your offense.
So, the news from Celtics coach Brad Stevens on Tuesday morning — that Smart was physically cleared by his doctors in New York to return from his right thumb injury, pending a pregame workout setback — comes with little expectation from anyone that Boston’s sixth man won’t be on the floor for Game 5.
Don’t forget these same Bucks called him “trash” earlier this season. He’s champing at the bit.
For my complete breakdown at Yahoo Sports, including how he’ll help Terry Rozier on offense and stop Khris Middleton on defense, click here.