Marcus Smart has thumb surgery. May return for playoffs

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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, guard Marcus Smart is going to have surgery today to fix a torn ligament in his right thumb.

And now the word is that they will be without guard Marcus Smart for the remainder of the regular season after Smart had surgery on Friday to fix a torn ligament in his right thumb.

While Irving and Brown certainly will be back for the postseason, if Smart is not able to return it would be a real blow.

Smart injured his hand while diving for a loose ball during Sunday's loss at home to Indiana. He had the thumb taped and finished the game, after which he downplayed the severity of the injury. "I love to play", Smart said.

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 05: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts after a three point basket late in the second half against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden on November 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Smart was determined to return this season as he enters restricted free agency, seeking a chance not only to compete for a title, but reiterate his value in the playoffs.

Smart had said that missing time with the original hand injury had made him more appreciative of being on the court.

But his importance to the C's is evident as they went on a worrying losing streak before the All-Star break when he was out of the lineup.

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