Saturday, June 25, 2022

Stephen A Smith disrespectfully shoots Marcus Smart

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In his first season as the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics, Marcus Smart helped his team reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 while earning the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Earlier this season there was much talk of the Celtics needing a “real point guard” – but rookie head coach Ime Udoka entrusted that role to Smart and thrived on it. Since taking the reins as the team’s floor general, the Texas native has trimmed his questionable shot selection and vastly improved his passing ability.

However, according to Stephen A. Smith, Smart is not a true hall general, and the Celtics will be exposed on the biggest stage of them all, the NBA Finals, for not having a true point guard.

Throughout the regular season, Smart was ranked in the 78th percentile for his assist percentage, meaning how many of the team’s assists came from him while he was on the floor – the answer is 24.4%. While the 28-year-old may not be known as a true point guard or pass-first playmaker, his presence on offense is clearly having a positive effect on his team.

Aside from Smart’s improvements as a point guard, his presence in Boston’s rotation brings toughness to a young and developing rotation. The six-foot-tall combo guard is known for leading by example and consistently sets the tone for his team’s playing conditions at the defensive end of the field.

It’s that two-way versatility, coupled with his improving playmaking, that has led to Udoka entrusting him with the keys of offense, and given the Celtics’ success throughout basketball’s year, that’s unlikely to change any time soon time will change.

Additionally, Smart’s willingness to push the pain barrier and put himself at risk for the good of the team is the perfect embodiment of how Udoka wants his team to play, and that mentality was evident during Smart’s pre-game press conference on June 12 Heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

Following the Celtics’ 104-94 loss to the Warriors on June 13, Boston are now one game away from elimination, which would see them fail at the final hurdle after an intriguing run to the NBA Finals.

Unfortunately, Jayson Tatum has hit his usual highs, and Jaylen Brown’s relapse to the mean came at the worst possible time. However, the Celtics have been here before, specifically against the Milwaukee Bucks, and the team managed to turn the tide by winning back-to-back games to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Celtics now head into game six on June 16 and face a win-or-home scenario in front of their fans on the home court. So we should look forward to the spectacle of a basketball game, and given how this series has gone so far, it’s likely that we’ll see a game seven.

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