NBA summer league competition is a time for franchises to take a look at potential roster players and young talent ahead of the new season.
Interspersed with the young and the hopeful though are some more high profile stars looking to get in some game time.
The Boston Celtics may be ruing their decision to allow one such big name, Marcus Smart, to take part in the action after he suffered a pretty gruesome looking finger dislocation during last night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
WARNING: the photo isn't pretty.
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The second-year star left Thursday's game in considerable pain and the Celtics confirmed Smart had suffered a dislocation in both his right index and middle finger.
Fox 25 reporter Bryan Salmond described Marcus Smart screaming in agony as he left the court and, looking at the state of the point guard's fingers in the immediate aftermath, you can see why.
Fingers simply shouldn't bend that way.
The injury will come as a blow for the Boston Celtics who were hoping Marcus Smart could overcome an injury-plagued rookie campaign to become a key starter for the franchise in 2015-16.
As it is though, after Achilles and ankle issues blighted his first year in the pros, Smart's preparations for year two have taken a hit.
Plans pushed back
Fortunately the finger dislocation isn't thought to be as serious as to put Smart out for months.
The Boston Globe noted that X-rays came back negative and he is expected to recover from the scary looking injury in time for the new campaign.
Unfortunately, with the Celtics having hoped to use summer league to allow Smart and first-round draft pick, Terry Rozier, to gel on the court, those plans will have to be shelved for the time being.
Marcus Smart finished his rookie season averaging 7.8 points, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 67 appearances.