After dropping back-to-back games in their best-of-seven, first round series with the Milwaukee Bucks, and seeing the series get knotted up at two games apiece, the Boston Celtics received some good news Tuesday. 

Injured guard Marcus Smart, who has been sidelined by a thumb injury, was officially medically cleared to play, ahead of tonight's Game 5, according to a team report.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens spoke to the media, following the team's shoot-around today, and announced that Smart's reevaluation went well and that he was cleared to play.

A report from ESPN's Chris Forsberg confirms that Stevens is planning to play Smart, as long as there are no last minute setbacks.

After two tough losses in Milwaukee and seeing the series momentum swing back in the Bucks' favor, the news of Smart's return could help right the ship for the second seeded Celtics.

Smart tenacious style of play should help Boston's defense, as he has been one of the top players in the league on the side of the ball.

For a Celtics team caught shorthanded, heading into the postseason, things seem to be looking up.