Marcus Smart injury update: Celtics guard makes improbable return to court after suffering ankle injury in Game 3


Marcus Smart exited Game 3 of the Celtics’ series against the Heat with an ankle injury.

Smart was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain, but after going back to the locker room, he checked back into the game.

Here’s what we know about the injury.

What is Marcus Smart’s injury?

Early in the third quarter Game 3, Smart sprained his right ankle in a collision with Kyle Lowry and went straight back to the locker room. 

Here’s video of the injury

Smart was visibly in pain as he fell to the floor and couldn’t put any weight on his right leg as he was helped to the locker room.

He didn’t stay there long.

After getting his ankle checked out, the broadcast showed Smart testing out the ankle in the hallway and he miraculously returned to the game just four minutes later.

Shortly after checking back into the game, he had the TD Garden crowd hyped as he buried a 3-pointer.

His dramatic return was reminiscent of Celtics legend Paul Pierce, who did the same after leaving Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals in a wheelchair, only to return and hit a 3-pointer on his first shot attempt. 

Celtics vs. Heat series schedule

Here is the full schedule for the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals.

Date Game Time (ET) TV channel
May 17 Game 1: Heat 118, Celtics 107
May 19 Game 2: Celtics  127, Heat 102
May 21 Game 3: Heat 109, Celtics 103
May 23 Game 4 8:30 p.m. ABC
May 25 Game 5* 8:30 p.m. ESPN
May 27 Game 6* 8:30 p.m. ESPN
May 29 Game 7* 8:30 p.m. ESPN

*If necessary

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