The Celtics, losers of five straight games, are looking for a spark tonight against the Detroit Pistons. They may get some help in that department with the potential return of Marcus Smart to the lineup.
The team announced Wednesday afternoon that Smart had been upgraded to probable for tonight’s contest, after having missed the past three-plus weeks with a left ankle sprain and bone bruise.
Since suffering that injury on Nov. 7 against the Indiana Pacers, the Celtics have gone just 2-8 without the no. 6 overall pick, and have sorely missed Smart’s defensive presence and energy off the bench.
Smart was a valuable contributor in that department for the Celtics over his first games in a Boston uniform, routinely providing ball pressure against opposing guards off the bench.
Smart averaged 6.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in five games to start the season.