Injury forces Smith out of Summer League game

Injury forces Smith out of Summer League game
July 7, 2013, 3:30 pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. — For the second summer in a row, Nolan Smith had to leave a summer league game early because of an injury.

Smith, competing to be a reserve guard for the Boston Celtics' this season, suffered an injury near his calf that will keep him out of action for the remainder of the C's summer league slate of games.

"Right now, they're saying it's a little tear below the calf," Smith said after Boston's 95-88 loss to Orlando.

Smith, who was carried off the court on a stretcher during Las Vegas' summer league last year, said his most recent injury is not an Achilles' tendon injury which could have potentially had career-ending implications.

An MRI on the calf region will be taken soon.

"Hopefully it won't need surgery," Smith said.

The injury occurred on a jump ball.

"It's one of those things," said Smith, adding, "went up for the jump ball and felt like I got kicked in the back of my calf. It hurt."

But the usually upbeat Smith was in surprisingly bright spirits despite the injury.

"It kills this week (of summer league)," he said. "Now I just have to get healthy and go from there."