The Boston Celtics find themselves closing in on must-win territory after the Milwaukee Bucks took a 2-1 series lead Friday night at TD Garden. They’ll need to bounce back in Game 4, and it sounds like they might be getting some very important help.

The Celtics announced Sunday that Marcus Smart has been upgraded to questionable for Monday’s Game 4. This is the first time the guard has been listed as anything other than “out” during the 2019 postseason.

Smart suffered a partially torn oblique in Boston’s regular season finale vs. the Orlando Magic.

The 25-year-old is vital to the Celtics’ overall performance as one of the team’s vocal leaders. Getting him back would be a much-needed boost to Boston’s gameplan, specifically on the defensive end.

Smart said following Sunday’s practice that he was “hopeful” that he’d be able to give it a go for Game 4.

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