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Marcus Smart limps to locker room, returns to Celtics bench

Celtics guard twisted his ankle defending on the perimeter and was forced to go to the room.

Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics dribbles the ball during the game against the Washington Wizards during the 2021 NBA Play-In Tournament on May 18, 2021 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was forced to briefly leave Tuesday’s play-in tournament game vs. the Washington Wizards after appearing to injure his ankle playing defense on Bradley Beal on the perimeter. Smart limped off to the bench before having to go to the locker room. He was able to return to the Celtics’ bench, but it’s worth monitoring his status the rest of the game considering how important this is for the team.

Smart looks to be OK on the sideline and is back in the game. He’s up to 15 minutes in the first half and has 7 points. The Celtics had a lead after the first quarter, 27-21 before letting the Wizards back in the game. Washington has the lead as we approach halftime. We’ll see if this Smart injury impacts the type of defense he can play on Beal and Russell Westbrook.