Marcus Smart on Playing on Mother’s Birthday 1 Year After Her Death | Celtics Nuggets Postgame

    Marcus Smart spoke to the media after his return from illness/injury on Friday night against the Nuggets

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    TD GARDEN — Marcus Smart opens up about what playing on his late mother’s birthday and the lessons he learned from her.

    How is the oblique?
    “The oblique felt great. That’s a good thing for me and for everybody. It felt good; the extra padding helped. I don’t know how much it helped tonight; nobody got anywhere near it so that is a good sign. But, all the tests we did earlier helped us with the decision to play tonight so it should be fine, just continue to do the rehab and continue to get stronger.”

    How much were you thinking about the oblique when you were out there?
    “Actually not at all. I was just trying to play and really focus on my wing and run up and down the court and kind of get myself back into it.”

    What is like seeing Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum come together this season?
    “It feels good. I mean I think everybody sees the steps they have been taking towards becoming better basketball players and I think it shows.”

    How important was it for you to be out there today?
    “It was tremendously important. Today is a special day – my mother’s birthday. It was just one of those nights where it is no coincidence that I come back from my injury today. Like I have said before it was kind of meant to be.”