Report: Marcus Smart to miss couple weeks, including Celtics’ season opener

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Celtics guard Marcus Smart injured his ankle tonight, and I ended my post on that with, “Hopefully, that’s not as bad as it looks.”

You can judge whether this qualifies.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:

The left ankle sprain injury Marcus Smart suffered in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game against New York is expected to keep him sidelined for a couple weeks which means he will not play in the season opener against Brooklyn next week, according to league source.

It is the same ankle that Smart has sprained before, but it doesn’t appear to be as bad an ankle sprain as the ones he has had previously.

This puts pressure on Terry Rozier to sustain the progress he appears to be making as he enters his second season, but Boston has other options behind Isaiah Thomas. Starting shooting guard Avery Bradley can play some point guard. Demetrious Jackson is relatively polished for a second-round rookie.

It’s never good to lose a player as good as Smart for any amount of time, but the Celtics’ depth positions them to handle it relatively well.

There appears to be a wide gap between the Cavaliers, Raptors and Celtics and the rest of the East. This could make a difference whether Boston finishes ahead of Toronto, and that could change home-court advantage in a second-round series.

Overall, the Celtics just lose some margin for error.