Mac TA looks to avenge loss to Nahariya without Smith

Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to get used to life without Devin Smith once more when it hosts Ironi Nahariya in the BSL on Sunday night, with the forward to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee later this week and miss the next month of action.

Smith scored 14 points, including seven in the closing minutes, in the State Cup final against Maccabi Ashdod on Thursday to ensure Maccabi won the competition for a seventh straight year.

He missed the cup semifinal win over Ironi Ness Ziona on Monday and the record 35-point drubbing at the hands of Maccabi Haifa in the BSL the previous week due to his gimpy knee. However, he saved the yellow-and-blue in the cup final after it saw a 22-point lead shrink to a mere two points midway through the fourth quarter.


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