Marcus Smart: The unusual progression of an undefinable Stretch 6

Well, to start, who the hell ever heard of a stretch 6 in the NBA? Apparently, Marcus Smart has. He just invented it. He has always been a player that defies description, and maybe calling himself something that never existed before is totally normal for a player the likes of which I have never seen before.


The Boston Celtics are tops in the NBA with a 10-1 record and a 10-game winning streak. This season Marcus has career bests in minutes (31.6 MPG), points (12.0 PPG), blocks (0.5) and turnovers (a paltry o.9 TOPG). His fouls per game are at 2.5 FPG, fairly low for a guy that plays such fierce defense. There is a connection here. The record and Smart's play are linked. I believe it was former Celtics, Chauncey Billups that gave accolades to Smart in his early years for making winning plays - all while so many were degrading his overall play for being erratic and reckless. Marcus may have been some of that, but we see little of it this season. I present Exhibit A below:


Marcus is playing under control and with a level of savvy not seen in prior years. And his bull dog defense is still on display, including chase-down blocks and snatching the ball right out of opponents' hands. He will cover anybody - any size - anytime - anywhere. He will start the game and inject energy into his team, or he can come off the bench - do likewise - and never complain. Danny Ainge loves this guy, and so do I. And so does my great grandson, Carson Thomas Lane. When interviewed yesterday and asked who his favorite basketball player was, he answered Marcus Smart. I never told him to say that. I loved Marcus since he donned The Green, but I adore him after answering my plea that resulted in a downpour of love. I will never forget that!




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