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Spread the word. Marcus Smart is back.



Jayson Tatum was the star in the Celtics narrow 116-115 win over Portland, but it was reassuring to see Marcus Smart back to himself. This double-hustle play in the second quarter reassured Boston fans that The Wolverine had not been tamed. It was a diving (what else!)_near-steal close to the Celtics basket, followed by a run-the-entire floor for a major theft that really got our attention.

Beyond his usual in-your-shirt defense and hustle, Marcus stat line was back where it should be. He was under control and never tried to put up major points. 

36 minutes - 13 points - 4 rebounds - 7 assists - 2 steals - one block - 4-of-9 FG - 3-of-5 on 3's 

Smart's main value to his team may be the disruption he causes opposing players. I have argued repeatedly in the past that Boston lacks toughness, and over a short span in the schedule, It was obvious that The Wolverine's ferocity was missing, and Marcus appeared rather docile - for him. Not in this game!

With the win, Boston has moved into the fifth slot in the East with a 29-26 record. Celtics fans are hoping that their team is peaking just at the right time. The victory versus Portland came about with a balanced, team effort. When they play like they did last night, they are capable of beating any team in the league.

 

 

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