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Celtics' Marcus Smart: 'Strong likelihood' of return from injury for Game 3 vs. Bucks - The Athletic

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is making progress recovering from a quad contusion and is looking to make his return just under a week later.

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is making progress recovering from a quad contusion suffered in Sunday’s Game 1 against the Bucks and is looking to make his return just under a week later.

“A strong likelihood I should be back for Game 3,” Smart said after getting some work in at practice Thursday. “We’re just dealing with the last part of it, and that’s getting that restriction off the knee and the joint. So I feel once that goes away, I should be back to myself, because everything else is healing up the right way and that’s the last part.”

Smart was hit in the exact same spot as his quad injury from earlier this season that sidelined him for a few games and the main restriction has been fluid filling the area by his knee and restricting his movement, he said. Limitations on things like getting deep into a defensive stance or launching into a drive rendered him unable to play in Tuesday’s Game 2, but the team is anticipating the range of motion should improve enough by Saturday for him to give it a go.

“If I’m out there, I should be able to do the things I was doing or I shouldn’t be out there,” Smart said. “When I come back, I’m coming back to be me and that’s all I can really say about that. And if I’m not out there it’s because I didn’t feel like I was 100 percent to be out there and do the things I need to be doing.”

Game 3 will take place on Saturday. The series is tied 1-1.

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