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Report: Marcus Smart out 2-to-3 weeks with hamstring strain [UPDATE]

The Celtics will be without a key contributor, but Marcus Smart avoided a more serious injury.

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 30, 2021 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE: The Celtics announced Smart will miss two-to-three weeks with a Grade I tear of his right medial gastrocnemius.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart suffered a leg injury on Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers, but he appears to have dodged a significant injury. Smart suffered a Grade 1 left calf strain and will miss one to two weeks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Smart suffered the injury in the fourth quarter and it appeared to be of the non-contact variety. He grabbed his left leg and went to the ground while clearly in pain. An MRI revealed a strain that won’t require a significant absence. He left the game with 4 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals, and a -5 plus/minus.

Jeff Teague and Aaron Nesmith could both see a boost in playing time while Smart is sidelined. The Celtics begin a five-game road trip on Tuesday that opens with three games in California. They face the Warriors on Tuesday, the Kings on Wednesday, and the Clippers on Friday. Boston is 10-8 and sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.