Marcus Smart leaves Celtics-Lakers with calf injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Boston Celtics fans held their collective breaths as Marcus Smart went down during Saturday night's game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.
Smart clearly was in a ton of pain as he grabbed his left calf during a play in the fourth quarter. The Celtics guard had to be helped off the court and did not put any weight on his left leg while heading into the locker room. He did not return to the game.
Watch the injury below:
That certainly doesn't look good, but Smart may have avoided a serious injury.
The Celtics announced Smart suffered a left calf strain.
The Celtics said in a news release Sunday that Smart has been diagnosed with a Grade I tear of his left medial gastrocnemius (calf muscle).
While he will miss some time, the injury is not as serious as originally feared.
Smart is currently expected to return in approximately two to three weeks, the team said.