Thursday, May 21, 2020

Boston Celtics guard, Marcus Smart, did not participate in Team USA’s loss to Serbia and will be out of action for final game versus Poland.

Boston Celtics guard, Marcus Smart, did not participate in Team USA’s 94-89 loss to Serbia on Saturday and will not play when the Americans face Poland on Saturday, a game that will decide 7th place. Marcus’ X-rays on his left hand came back negative, but he is still experiencing calf and quad soreness – thus the decision to shut him down for the final two games.

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. There are no indications that the injuries to Marcus and Jayson are serious.

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