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The Wolverine of Causeway Street gets our Award, even in a loss. Here's why!

 Despite the 111-107 loss to the League leading Golden State Warriors (.828, 24-5 record), this was a fun game to watch. CelticsSentinel normally doesn't give out its player award in a defeat, but we felt it necessary in this case.


The Sentinel Citation Award goes to the "Wolverine of Causeway Street", Marcus Smart - and here's why. Tommy Heinsohn used to call them "high school rebounds" - meaning a non-traffic, easy catch off the boards. But at the 10:07 mark of the third quarter, this wasn't one of those

.It was 6'3" Smart versus 6'9" Kevin Looney for possession of the missed shot, and Marcus fought like hell for it - ending in a jump ball. Smart won the jump, tapping the ball to a breaking Jayson Tatum for the slam. The Wolverine takes no plays off.

Marcus has become selfless. As Boston's main point man, he sees the court better than any Celtic. His bounce pass to Rob Williams for the slam at the 5:58 mark of the fourth quarter being representative.. He finished the game with a team-high eight assists.

Towards the end of the contest, he drew an offensive foul against Steph Curry, causing the Warriors' phenom to foul out. And his offensive board, followed by a smooth 3-pointer with seconds left in the game shows his improved shot selection and accuracy.

To all of those who may have cried out "trade Marcus Smart", I offer the following. The Celtics present critical core consists of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. Marcus may never fill that coveted role as "Third Star" for The Green, but he is vital to the cause. Our CelticsSentinel Award goes to the "Wolverine of Causeway Street". Many Celtics fans never wish to see Marcus show up at TD Garden in an opponent's uniform.

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