Smart to start for Celtics after 1-game absence

by Gordon Dixon - Marcus Smart is back in the Celtics' starting lineup after missing Game 2 of the team's series against the Bucks with a thigh injury.

Smart to start for Celtics after 1-game absence

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart back for Game 3 after sitting out with quad injury play Marcus Smart: 'Strong likelihood' I play Game 3 (0:28) Marcus Smart expects to play Game 3 against the Bucks after missing Game 2 with a quad injury. (0:28) 2:34 PM ET ESPN 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.