Celtics point guard Marcus Smart returned to the court in Sunday’s game against the Knicks after missing more than a month with a leg injury. Head coach Brad Stevens announced his return to the rotation before the game.
Stevens said he would ease Smart back with a minutes limit. The guard scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in a 100–91 home victory over New York.
Before Sunday, Smart played in nine of Boston’s 13 games and made eight starts. He was averaging 9.8 points and 3.2 assists per game.
Stevens said he was impressed with how the rest of his players performed defensively in Smart’s absence, given that Smart is “clearly one of our better defenders.”
- Dan Gartland