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Marcus Smart benched for much of first half vs. Lakers after missing shootaround

Boston Celtics second-year guard Marcus Smart had a flat tire on his way the arena for the game against the Lakers. Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics second-year guard Marcus Smart sat out the first 20 minutes of Wednesday's 112-104 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers after missing the team's pregame shootaround.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Smart incurred a flat tire on his way to TD Garden and had been informed he would be brought in later than usual. Smart didn't make his first appearance until 3:23 remaining in the first half and played only 11 minutes, though he's currently on a minutes restriction while working his way back from a knee injury and Stevens had said he didn't expect him to play much more than 13 minutes overall.

Smart finished with four points on 2-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. He had a loud putback dunk of an Evan Turner miss in the final seconds of the third quarter, but also landed hard on his back in the aftermath (a scare for Celtics fans considering Smart had just returned after missing 18 games due to a knee injury).

The Celtics missed Smart's defense early as Jordan Clarkson started fast, but Smart had a couple of defenses lapses when he did get in the game.

"[Smart] made some good plays. And he had some plays that he’d like to have back. He got himself out of position a little bit, reaching in and trying to make the home-run play, but that happens," said Stevens. "And, again, you’ve just got to try your best to be solid on both ends."