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Marcus Smart remains out Friday, could return Saturday for Celtics

Guard has been dealing with eye infection, will get hard workout in pregame warmups tonight.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart argues a call against his team during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at TD Garden.  Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics G Marcus Smart remains out of the lineup Friday vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers but could return Saturday, per coach Brad Stevens.

Stevens says that Smart will get a good workout in during pregame warmups Friday afternoon and he’s on track to potentially return Saturday at home against the Toronto Raptors. The Celtics have missed Smart’s physical presence in the backcourt, but have been pretty successful without the guard in the lineup. Boston is 5-2 with Smart out of the lineup the past seven games.

If Smart returns Saturday vs. the Raptors, we’d likely see the same starting lineup, though Smart would become the first guard off the bench instead of Brad Wanamaker and Romeo Langford. Smart isn’t any kind of offensive juggernaut, but will take shots away from guys like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker. Nothing too significant though.