After the Celtics beat the Blazers in a close game, 116-115, Celtics Guard Marcus Smart said he is “just getting started to getting back to where I was and letting people know not to forget who I am on that defensive end and what I do.”
Should players use outside noise to motivate themselves? Should the media get any credit for the increase in better play?
The Garden Report answers it all and more as they highlight another great defensive game by Marcus Smart. They also quickly touch on their initial comments about his ability to defend shifty guards and if it was right or wrong. How is Smart’s defense affecting the rest of the Celtics team? Celtics currently rank 10th for fewest PPG allowed to an opponent with about 110 PTS. Smart himself is averaging a defensive rating of 110.6 per game with 1.5 steals per NBA.com. Facing off against the Blazers and Dame Lillard, Smart finished off with 13 PTS, 7 ASTS, 4 REBS, 2 STLS, and 1 block.