Skip to main content

Quick uplift for Celts fans - plus Marcus Smart & Boston's All-Intensity-Five

There are times when a video speaks for itself, and Max Carlin's mixtape does just that. It is not just Marcus Smart's winning plays that are evident here, but also his intensity - and the uplifting play of Smart's teammates. But I will enlarge on the video with my All-Time-Celtics-Intensity lineup.



Intensity | Definition of Intensity by Merriam-Webster

Definition of intensity. 1 : the quality or state of being intense especially : extreme degree of strength, force, energy, or feeling. 2 : the magnitude of a quantity (such as force or energy) per unit (as of area, charge, mass, or time)

The key word here is "extreme". That would be Marcus. There is nothing half-assed about what he tries to do. It is all or nothing. So who else can we add to our All-Intensity-Five? Here's my team:

Marcus Smart
Dave Cowens
Kevin Garnett
Larry Siegfried
Danny Ainge

I have Cowens at center. He covered Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul Jabbar as well as any center in the League at the time. He was not going to be overwhelmed by any opponent, regardless of size.

Garnett gets the power forward spot. Practice, pre-season, regular season, playoffs. It didn't matter. Kevin was all-in. Smart takes the small forward spot, even at 6'4". There is almost no player he can't guard.

Siegfried and Ainge take the guard spots. These two guys backed down to nobody. They both were involved in game-time tussles. Larry's squabble with the 76'ers Wali Jones and Danny's infamous "Tree bites man" incident can be viewed below. Ainge had such a reputation for intensity that the press, and many fans, had Danny biting Tree Rollins. Not so. Tree did the biting (per LegendsRevealed.com's Alexander Wolff):

Danny Ainge quote: The booing bothered me at first, but now I just expect it. I know a lot of it comes from my personality. I was booed in high school and college. I’ve just always showed a lot of emotion and played aggressively. Everywhere I go, people think I’m the dirty little guy who bit Tree Rollins’ finger.



That's my All-Intensity Celts crew. What's yours?

Follow Tom at @CelticsSentinel, @_Celtics_Center and Facebook
Photos via Pinterest and YouTube

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Sign the Petition! Let's honor Tommy Heinsohn

  No longtime Celtics fan can watch games this year without a somewhat heavy heart. For the last 50 plus years, we have been blessed as a franchise to have Tommy Heinsohn, Mr. Celtic himself, as a part of the organization. Whether it be as a player, coach, or commentator, Tommy has been an instrumental figure for the green, and his presence is missed on every broadcast. Nobody embodied what it meant to be a Celtic more than Tommy, and I know I miss his energy and ferocity every time Scal claims the refs "made the right call" against the Cs. While Tommy obviously belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Celtics, he is often overlooked in his place among the greats of NBA history. Looking back upon his life, one would be hard pressed to find someone with a bigger impact on NBA basketball than Mr. Celtic. For those who are unfamiliar, let's do a quick review. Tommy is one of 2 people to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and coach (the other being the indomitable Len

We may be glad Danny Ainge rolled the dice on Theis

Frankly, I was not sure if Danny Ainge would ink Daniel Theis to a new deal, but it looks like a good move. Theis is signed for two years at a total of $10 million, with the second year non-guaranteed. With the departure of big men Al Horford and Aron Baynes, rolling the dice on Theis could work very well. In his first season in Boston, Daniel just kept improving. For the pre-All-Star stretch, he averaged 14.5 minutes/Game, 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG while shooting 52% on field goals and 30% on treys. Post-All-Star his minutes increased to 18.4 per game, his points to 7.8/game and his boards to 5.3/game. And he shot 68% on field goals and 40% on 3-pointers. Then a meniscus tear shut him down. His minutes and production took a hit last season, in part most likely due to lagging recovery from the injury. Right now he is playing on German's entry in the FIBA World Cup. In a game versus The Czech Rebublic, he scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, passed off for three assists and blocked tw

What Jeff Teague can bring to the Celtics offense

Bringing in Jeff Teague as some guard depth this year could end up being a monumental move for this year's Celtics team. Teague is a well respected veteran in the league, and having gone to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2015 with the Atlanta Hawks, knows what it takes to win tough games. Here's a brief look at why I think Jeff will be a great fit with the C's Every Celtics fan loves Marcus Smart , due to everything he brings to the table, from the defensive intensity to scoring outbursts. For all the good things he does, Marcus excels off ball, and can have his effectiveness diminished when he is forced to be a primary ball handler. He is often pigeon-holed into that role with the second unit (or when Kemba is out), and Teague's addition will hopefully allow him to play more off-ball and maximize his abilities.  At the deadline last year, Teague was traded to the Atlanta Hawks to play alongside Trae Young. His usage rate and effectiveness dipped considerably, as he