Celtics’ Marcus Smart leaves on a stretcher after suffering ankle injury


UPDATE Nov. 8, 12:15 am: X-Rays of Marcus Smart’s ankle came back negative, it is a bad sprain but there is nothing torn, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.  That’s as much as could be hoped for, but Smart will still be out for a while.

Nov. 7, 10:25 pm: Early in the fourth quarter of Friday’s contest between the Pacers and the Celtics, Marcus Smart went down with what appeared to be a severe ankle injury.

He remained on the floor for several minutes, and eventually was escorted off on a stretcher.

Smart was selected by the Celtics with the sixth overall pick in this summer’s draft, and has averaged 7.8 points in 21.5 minutes off the bench through the first four games of the season.