Both Smart and Jayson Tatum left that game with injuries, but only Smart will miss an extended period of time. Boston officially released a statement saying that Smart wouldn't resume basketball activities for about a month, which will keep him out against the Indiana Pacers in the opening round. If they get past Indiana, they will possibly battle the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, assuming they can get past the Detroit Pistons in the first round.
The 25-year-old has been a strong threat off the bench, averaging 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, and four assists, and was even placed in to the starting lineup halfway through the season. With him out, Jaylen Brown will most likely be placed back in the starting lineup, where he was for the first 20 games of the season. After Smart was inserted in to the starting lineup, the Celtics went on an eight-game winning streak, but they will host the first-round series without him beginning this weekend.