Marcus Smart has the physical and emotional fire every team needs
Red Auerbach had it. Danny Ainge had it. Larry Bird certainly had it, and so does Marcus Smart - that internal fire that drives the emotions and physical play. Red would punch people out and then accept the consequences. Danny was all-emotion on the court and had his share of physical clashes. Ditto for Bird.
Marcus Smart’s heart, tenacity and pride is @celtics to the core. From Bird, to Russell to the Big 3 era, he would’ve been able to fit in with any Celtic team in history.— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 27, 2020
He is 100% what the pedigree of the Boston Celtics represents!
The present crop of Guys in Green are a finesse group, often lacking physicality. Even the coach, Brad Stevens, isn't the most animated guy on the sidelines. It's just not in him. Not so for Smart.
Marcus Smart with the block AND finger wag: pic.twitter.com/Gd6MN6fWcB— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) March 4, 2020
Marcus was not happy with the loss - the way it happened - or picking up his sixth foul that forced him out of the game. And he made the officials aware of his discontentment. Auerbach used to purposely get tossed out of games to fire up his team. Smart's sixth foul was not intentional, and he will pay for his outburst - but in the end, someone has to do it.
Marcus Smart was going right at the refs after their OT loss tonight— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 4, 2020
Read his lips😂pic.twitter.com/QqAUGIuoMg
I wrote recently of Smart's gentle side, comforting my great grandson, Carson, and my daughter, Lisa. We saw the other side last night, and I love both "Marci".
When @smart_MS3 heard about Carson’s story on twitter earlier this year, he made sure Carson didn’t feel alone.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 2, 2020
Last night, he gave Carson a memory that will last forever 💚 #ThisIsWhyWePlay #CelticsFamily pic.twitter.com/wsp0ip3hyX
Where would this team be without Marcus? My hope is that another Celtics player steps forward and displays that physical and emotional fire we see constantly in Smart. Rookie, Grant Williams, may evolve into that player. Make it happen, GWill.
I want Grant Williams to be our Charles Oakley. We know he’s more than strong enough. He’s just too damn nice.— Celtics ☘️Canada🇨🇦 🏀 (@CelticsCanada) March 3, 2020
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