There is no firm timetable for Marcus Smart’s return from an ankle injury


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Smart aggravated the injury during last year’s playoffs.

Head coach Joe Mazzulla (left) with Marcus Smart (right). Associated Press

Marcus Smart did not give a specific timetable for his return from the injury he suffered against the Raptors on Saturday night.

Smart, along with Rob Williams, was one of two Celtics to leave the game with an injury. He injured his right ankle in last year’s Eastern Conference finals and sprained his ankle again when he fumbled in Toronto.

Speaking before Tuesday’s game in Miami, the point guard wouldn’t give specifics on when he might be back, but he said it’s within a week or two.

Smart is one of several injuries that head coach Joe Mazzulla and the Celtics have dealt with in recent weeks.

Jayson Tatum has been out all season with hand and wrist injuries, Jaylen Brown injured his right abductor two weeks ago, and Williams and Al Horford have missed games recently.

Fortunately for Boston, the team is deep at guard and wing.

“The depth that we have will definitely help a lot to give me time to rest and heal,” Smart said. “So you’re grateful for that, but as a player you want to be there.”

Derrick White and Payton Pritchard can take on some additional ball-handling duties, while Grant Williams remains a reliable asset in the bench and starts.

Before yesterday’s game, Mazzulla had a little fun with Smart, slipping past the veteran and getting a chance to show off his fully functional ankle.


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