Marcus Smart injury update: Celtics guard reportedly has strained oblique

The Celtics suffered a couple of blows on top of their 116-108 loss to the Magic at home Sunday night.

Guard Marcus Smart left the game early with a reported left oblique strain and didn’t return. Forward Jayson Tatum also left Sunday’s game early with a shin contusion.

Smart’s injury is particularly odd, since it was sustained after he bumped into Magic center Nikola Vucevic and fell to the ground in pain.

Smart tried to play through the pain, but he quickly limped back to the bench and was taken back to the locker room

“He felt like it was spasming on that second trip down the court,” coach Brad Stevens told reporters, via ESPN. “We’ll see what that looks like (Monday). He was a little sore but was walking around, which was good, in the locker room.”

Neither player was in the locker room after the game for interviews, and Stevens alluded that neither player will be on hand for the team’s regular season finale Tuesday as the group prepares to face the Pacers in the playoffs.

“The point of (Sunday) was to try to — because we won’t play [a playoff game] ’til Saturday, maybe Sunday — was to get a true game for some of our starters and our top seven or eight guys,” Stevens said. “But those guys will play a lot less on Tuesday, if at all.”

As for Tatum, Stevens said he had been dealing with the shin injury since before Sunday’s game. He left just six minutes into the contest, but had told Stevens earlier he thought he was good to go.

“It was never told to me as it was something that would keep him from playing,” Stevens said. “He did the whole shootaround this morning, he got warmed up, he did his whole workout, and he felt great.

“[But] for whatever reason, when he jumped in the first quarter, he felt it.”