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Marcus Smart punched the glass out of a picture frame while in Los Angeles… and the glass and picture frame won.
In the process, it almost ended the season for the Boston Celtics guard.
Returning to practice for the first time Wednesday after missing the Celtics’ last 11 games leading up to the All-Star break because of lacerations to his right hand, Smart talked about how doctors removed a large piece of glass from his palm. Smart said he barely missed shredding two tendons near the pinky on his shooting hand.
“[Doctors] said the two tendons that ran along the pinky area, the main tendons, and literally the glass was sitting right in between them,” he told reporters after practice. “So, [the doctors said],’You should go play the lotto or something because you missed your tendons,'” Smart said. “They don’t understand it. They don’t really see how. So I thank God for that every day. It could have been worse.”
And if his tendons had been cut by the glass?
“I probably would have had to have surgery,” said Smart. “I would have been done for the year.”
While he was sidelined, Boston went 6-5 and fell behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings.
Smart said it was agonizing watching his teammates struggle.
“I was devastated, just from the fact that I couldn’t even get out there and do anything to help,” Smart said. “I’m a competitor, and I think anybody in this league if you ask them they’ll tell you: It’s one thing to sit on the bench because of something that happened that you couldn’t control, but it’s another to sit on there for something you can control.
“I feel like I let my team down. But I got a second chance to come out and redeem myself.”