Marcus Smart Cleared And Eager To Return To Celtics Friday

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Marcus Smart. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Celtics have lost 3 in a row and 9 of 15, but they'll return from the All-Star Break tomorrow in Detroit with eyes on a strong finish to the regular season.

Getting Marcus Smart back will help. Boston's gone 6-and-5 without its feisty, aggressive, defensive-minded guard since he punched a picture frame in a Los Angeles hotel about a month ago. 

He lacerated his right hand, and considers himself lucky the injury wasn't season-ending.

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Struggling Celtics Have To Re-Focus At All-Star Break

Sitting out was devastating, maddening, frustrating, irritating, annoying--you name it. But now, he's medically cleared to play and eager to return.

"I feel like I let my team down," he said. "But I got a second chance to come back and redeem myself."

Just in time, hopefully. 

C's have been comparable offensively without Smart but, defensively and on the boards, worse. His energetic spark makes a big difference.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

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