Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart out of World Cup action with hand injury
Marcus Smart underwent X-rays on a left knuckle injury this week that came back negative, but soreness in the hand along with quad/calf soreness led to the decision to shut him down. https://t.co/bWfGsLBdqW— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 11, 2019
Smart's stats in five games for Team USA were not dazzling, but his numbers never jump off the page. He averaged 6.4 PPG on 48% from the field, in addition to 1.4 RPG - hardly the stuff of legend. But his defense was riveting. At times it seemed that he was covering all five opponents on any single sequence. And this last-second 3-pointer astounded everyone, including the announcer with his "half-American, half-amazing" proclamation.
Jayson Tatum also sat out the game against Serbia due to a nagging ankle issue, and Team Shamrock will soon return home with a 7th-place finish at best - hardly what they had hoped for. With Boston Celtics training camp set to begin in a couple of weeks, hopefully Tatum and Smart will be fully-recovered and ready to go.
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