Reports: Marcus Smart’s Ankle Only Sprained; Quick Recovery Expected

BOSTON — It looks like Marcus Smart and the Celtics have dodged a bullet.

Smart was stretchered off the court Friday night after suffering an ankle injury and quickly was ruled out for Saturday’s matchup with the Chicago Bulls.

The rookie was sent for X-rays and an MRI after the game, and the preliminary results of those tests show no serious damage, according to the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett.

Bulpett reported early Saturday morning that Smart appears to have suffered only a sprained ankle and could return to the court in as little as two weeks.

Celtics radio play-by-play man Sean Grande later offered a similar report.

Smart played 16 minutes Friday before suffering the injury early in the fourth quarter, scoring three points and grabbing two rebounds. The Celtics — energized by the play of Phil Pressey and Gerald Wallace off the bench — went on to hold off the Indiana Pacers 101-98.

Rajon Rondo also did not travel with the team to Chicago, as he will undergo a procedure over the weekend to remove a screw from his surgically repaired left hand.

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