Then Smart stepped on Embiid’s foot and rolled his ankle.
Marcus Smart heads to the locker room. A look at the play that caused the injury here: pic.twitter.com/rTzJ6SUtDq
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 16, 2022
Smart had to be helped back to the locker room and did not return due to a sprained ankle.
#NEBHInjuryReport Marcus Smart (right ankle sprain) will not return.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 16, 2022
How serious this sprain is remains to be seen. The Celtics were blowing out the Hardenless-76ers 44 points after three quarters; there was no reason to rush Smart back.
Smart averages 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds a game, plus is an elite-level defender who is at the heart of the Celtics’ culture.