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Marcus Smart | Guard | #36

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/6/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (6) / BOS
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Marcus Smart, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, said he's "worth more than 12-14 million" per year.
This quote is bad timing after his brutal performance in Sunday's Game 7 defeat, but to be fair, he was playing at less than 100 percent. "My thumb is killing me," he said. "My whole right hand hurts." The Celtics tried to negotiate a contract extension last year, but the sides were too far apart. The Celtics can match any offer that Smart receives, but only if the price doesn't get out of hand. One option for the Celtics is to give Smart the qualifying offer of $6.1 million and keep him in Boston for 2018-19, but he would become an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2019 in that scenario. May 28 - 10:14 AM
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Marcus Smart shot 1-of-10 from the field during Sunday's Game 7 defeat, scoring four points with seven assists, four rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes.

The Celtics finished with a mere five turnovers but squandered that efficiency by shooting 34.1% as a team, including 7-of-39 from downtown. Since 1983 no NBA team has won a game (regular season or playoffs) while shooting 17.9% or worse on at least 39 attempts from deep. Jaylen Brown shot 5-of-18 from the field, Marcus Morris was 5-of-14, and Terry Rozier was 2-of-14, as brutal offense condemned Boston to a Game 7 loss on their home court. Each summer brings new reports about Smart's improved shooting form and range, yet he's never been above 36.7% shooting in four NBA seasons.
May 27 - 11:38 PM

Marcus Smart said he experienced more soreness than usual in his surgically-repaired right thumb during Tuesday's Game 2 win, but he's "not worried about it."

Smart said the discomfort was due to the positioning of the splint protecting his thumb, so a small tweak to that should alleviate the issue. He's also dealing with some discomfort in his right ring finger, which could help explain why he's been shooting 33.3% from the field through the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, but a lot of guys are a bit banged up at the moment, and this assuredly won't be an issue that forces him to spend any time on the sidelines.
May 16 - 11:05 AM

Marcus Smart came off the bench for 31 minutes in Tuesday's Game 2 win and had 11 points, five rebounds, nine assists, four steals and a 3-pointer on 3-of-9 shooting.

Smart had nine points, three boards, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in Sunday's Game 1, and combined with Terry Rozier to run circles around Cleveland's starting back court of George Hill and J.R. Smith (combined 1-for-11, 3 points). It's scary to think about how good this Celtics team would be with both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward available, as well as how coach Brad Stevens would handle finding ample playing time for everyone.
May 15 - 11:28 PM

Marcus Smart scored nine points on 4-of-12 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers in 25 minutes.

Smart is dealing with a sore ring finger on his shooting hand, but that obviously won't be an issue that forces him to miss any playoff action. "We got a lot of guys that really just don’t care," said Smart after the game regarding going up against LeBron James. "Our whole life we’ve been fighting bigger opponents than us." Terry Rozier did a nice job moving the ball, finishing with eight assists, six boards, eight points and just one turnover through 34 minutes.
May 13 - 6:44 PM

Marcus Smart is dealing with a sore ring finger on his (right) shooting hand, but he will play without a minutes limit for Sunday's Game 1 against the Cavs.

Smart's finger is swollen, but this obviously won't be anything that will keep him off the floor tonight, although it could affect his accuracy. Through eight games of postseason action, Smart has been connecting on just 34.2% of his shot attempts to go with averages of 10.6 points, 4.4 dimes, 1.8 steals, 1.0 block and 1.0 triple in 31.2 minutes per contest.
May 13 - 3:18 PM

Marcus Smart came off the bench for 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in 33 minutes during Wednesday's series-clinching Game 5 home win.

As usual, Smart's frenetic defense and energy were crucial to Boston's success. He bullied the Sixers' guards in the post and attempted seven free throws in the first half alone, finishing 8-of-13 from the stripe. He followed up Jayson Tatum's miss to tie the game at 109-109 late in regulation, stood up Dario Saric on a critical defensive possession, and fittingly stole the ball on Philly's final desperation play at the buzzer.
May 9 - 11:37 PM

Marcus Smart will come off the bench for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Jaylen Brown is sliding into the starting lineup and it's a reaction to Philly starting T.J. McConnell alongside Ben Simmons in the backcourt. Brown remains on a minute-limit, though, so it shouldn't alter fantasy values very much.
May 9 - 7:50 PM

Marcus Smart will be sporting a new splint on his hand for Game 2.

He said the splint that he wore last game was digging into his right thumb and was affecting his ability to shoot. Smart has shot a combined 9-of-35 from the field since returning from his injury, but has been difference-maker on the court because his defense, energy and toughness. He'll continue to play a big role for Boston, especially with Jaylen Brown (hamstring) still hurting.
May 2 - 12:14 PM

Marcus Smart started for Jaylen Brown (hamstring) in Game 1 vs. Philly, scoring nine points with nine assists, three boards, one steal and two triples.

He started the game 0-of-5, tweaked his surgically-repaired thumb before halftime and ripped off his tape, but he looked much better in the second half and was sporting a new brace. Smart's shot selection wasn't great and he jacked up some wild 3s, but his defense was incredible yet again and his minutes should remain in the 30s if Brown continues to miss time. Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier combined for 57 points in the win, while Al Horford played an outstanding game on both ends and finished with 26 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two triples.
Apr 30 - 10:59 PM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart can play up to 35 minutes in Game 6 if necessary.

It sounds like Smart will see around 30, but 35 is his hard cap. Smart had nine points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks on 2-of-7 shooting in Game 5, but he was better than the line suggested and made some huge defensive plays.
Apr 26 - 12:30 PM

Marcus Smart played through his thumb injury on Tuesday night and made one of the plays of the night, passing the ball while laying on his back to Al Horford for a late layup in a 92-87 Game 5 win.

This was Smart's first game since March 11 and he finished with nine points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks on 2-of-7 shooting. Some rust was clearly to be expected, but Smart played a solid game and the pass to Horford might have ended up stopping a Bucks comeback. We're guessing Smart should be ready to roll again on Thursday night in Milwaukee for Game 6.
Apr 24 - 9:59 PM

Marcus Smart (thumb) is a go for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Bucks.

Smart got through shootaround and his pregame routine without issue, so he'll be back in action following a six-week absence tonight, sporting a small splint on his surgically repaired right thumb. He's been informed by the Celtics medical staff that he's in no danger of suffering a setback, and said he's "not at all" concerned about being tentative in his first game back, although he could have a bit of a minutes limit as his conditioning might not be where it needs to be.
Apr 24 - 6:29 PM

Barring a last minute setback, Marcus Smart (thumb) will play in Game 5 on Tuesday against the Bucks.

Brad Stevens said that Smart "felt great" after shootaround, and while he may have his minutes monitored in his first game back following a six-week absence, he should give the Celtics a major boost on defense. Khris Middleton has been killing them, scoring 25.5 points per game on 61.5% shooting, so perhaps Smart can help bring down Middleton's shooting percentages to a less-ridiculous range. Shane Larkin's minutes will take a fairly large hit with Smart back in action.
Apr 24 - 5:20 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (thumb) has been physically cleared to play Game 5 on Tuesday, but his availability will depend on how he feels after a late-morning workout.

Speaking with reporters on Monday, Smart said the plan was to return for Game 6 and that they were on track. He is officially listed as questionable on the injury report. However, considering Smart's tenacity and eagerness to return, it would be somewhat surprising if he was cleared to play but decided to sit out. Starting point guard Terry Rozier told reporters: "I think he’s playing. But you didn’t hear it from me." If Smart does return, Shane Larkin will likely be bumped from the rotation.
Apr 24 - 10:29 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Terry Rozier
3Shane Larkin
4Kadeem Allen
SG1Jaylen Brown
2Marcus Smart
3Abdel Nader
4Jabari Bird
SF1Jayson Tatum
2Semi Ojeleye
3Jonathan Holmes
4Gordon Hayward
PF1Marcus Morris
2Daniel Theis
3Guerschon Yabusele
C1Al Horford
2Aron Baynes
3Greg Monroe