Boston Celtics to remain patient with Kyrie Irving despite rash of injuries

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Report: Marcus Smart out indefinitely with torn ligament in thumb

Charania reports Smart will seek second opinions on his injury, so his timeline for recovery is undetermined.

Smart injured his thumb during the Celtics' loss the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Kyrie Irving's knee soreness is the least troubling ailment of the bunch.

The Celtics thus wait for news of whether their valuable stopper will play again this season.

Irving is so essential to Boston's offense that his absence creates a void that Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier will have to try to fill at point guard.

Theis and Smart were both hurt in Sunday's game, with Smart's injury occurring when he dove to the floor.

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"Sore, but it will be all right", Smart told reporters after the game. "It's like a sprain right now".

Though he proceeded to play impressive basketball the rest of the game, the Celtics now fear he could need surgery that would keep him off the court for the rest of the season. Al Horford is also considered questionable.

Smart, 24, is averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds this season.

In the final hour: Don't look now, but the injuries are mounting for the Celtics this week.

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