For all of the initial pain from jamming and dislocating two fingers on his left hand Thursday night, Marcus Smart was relieved yesterday.
The Boston Celtics guard fell while fighting for a rebound and landed awkwardly on his right hand.
Fingers are not supposed to look like that. His X-rays will be sent to Boston for further review, but Smart will remain with the team in Las Vegas.
“I think we can get a five-on-five with the guards alone”, Turner said with a chuckle. Smart returned to the bench during the fourth quarter to root his teammates on.
“I think defensively, how much better we’ve gotten since we first started”, Shrewsberry explained. He’s really communicating, whether it’s during the game or during timeouts. Just being there talking, he’s like that little blanket for the little kid. “He’s a good guy to have around”.
“I knew he was all up on me”, Rozier said.
His “cheerleader” skills, as Shrewsberry alluded to, were on full display Thursday night. It’s easier to get into a rhythm when you’re not taking bad shots. He took open shots.
He asked his agent, Zach Kurtin, not to update him on possible interest from teams until the summer league is over because he does not want it to be a distraction.
It’s unclear when he will resume basketball-related activities, but dislocated fingers typically take at least a couple weeks for the swelling, bruising and full range of motion to return. “They are playing with a lot of confidence”. We really hadn’t been pressured in a game situation until last night.