Smart gets start for Celtics after 1-game absence

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will start Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing Game 2 of the series with a thigh injury.

Smart, the 2021-22 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, was dealing with a right quad contusion and then took two shots to the quad on back-to-back plays in the third quarter of the Celtics’ Game 1 loss to the Bucks.

Celtics coach Ime Udoka said Smart will not be under a minutes restriction. Smart had been listed as probable for the game and said Thursday that there was a “strong likelihood” he’d be ready for Game 3.

The best-of-seven series moves to Milwaukee with the teams tied 1-1.

Information from ESPN’s Andrew Lopez was used in this report.

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