The Boston Celtics have been without Marcus Smart since March when he had surgery on his thumb. The Celtics have missed Smart’s suffocating defense and intense style of play so in far in the playoffs. If Smart had been able to play, the Celtics might have been able to pull out game 4 in Milwaukee. Instead, the Bucks won the game 104-102 and evened the series at 2 games apiece.
Marcus Smart has been one of the emotional leaders for the Celtics since they drafted him 6th overall in 2014. His style of play has become famous in Boston, and Celtics fans love him for his hustle.
I am so ready for the 2-9 (1-6) 5 rebound 6 assist 2 steals 1 block +17 night from Smart I can't even stand it— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) April 24, 2018
Marcus Smart is gonna go 2-9, twitter will roast Celtics twitter for being excited he returned but the Celtics will win by 10 and we gonna know why.— Tribune of the Plebs (@Handsome_Jake_) April 24, 2018
Celtics Twitter is immense, and they have fully embraced Marcus Smart. That’s because he affects the game in a positive way in every category but shooting. If hustle plays were a stat, Smart would lead the league. He has earned a reputation as one of the toughest players in the league. He also has an ability to get under opposing players skin, something I’m sure will be on full display during tonight’s game 5 in Boston.
You guys laughed when I said Marcus Smart establishes discipline— Tribune of the Plebs (@Handsome_Jake_) April 24, 2018
Other fans getting extremely mad about the Smart posts instead of just waiting like 3 hours to throw shade when Marcus is 1 for 8 from the field.— Mook Box Hero (@SamSheehan) April 24, 2018
SMH, it's like we have to teach everyone how to be online.
Smart was just cleared to play in tonight’s game 5 earlier today and Celtics Twitter is already having a field day with the news. Marcus Smart was always coming back as soon as he could possibly talk his way back onto the floor. Aside from dealing with his thumb injury, he also recently learned that his mom has been diagnosed with cancer. He will be extra emotional tonight, playing for his mom and for his teammates. This is a game will be must see TV for Smart fans, and NBA fans in general. Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m. CDT on NBATV.
There are better chances that I get struck by lightning while winning the powerball while Terry Rozier gets Zendaya’s number than Marcus Smart voluntarily deciding not to play in a vital playoff game.— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) April 24, 2018
My pick tonight is Celtics -4 because they’ll be up one and then Marcus Smart will hit a 3 and the Garden will spontaneously be lifted into the sky by the roar of the crowd and ascend to a higher plane of existence.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 24, 2018
Hopefully Boston can pull out a win behind a classic gut-it-out performance from Marcus Smart. Tune in to the rest of the playoffs to see Smart guard positions 1-5, shoot the ball poorly, and have the best plus-minus of any player in the series. We love you, Marcus.