October 15, 2019, 11:54 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Enes Kanter, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis were all left back in Boston as the Celtics plan to rest most of their rotation guys for Tuesdays’s game against the Cavs.
The Celtics destroyed the Cavs on Sunday and are opting to give the night off to their starters as the season opener is just a week away. Tatum is actually battling an illness but the rest of the guys will just receive a maintenance day.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
October 11, 2019, 10:10 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart started at point guard and scored 14 points, along with two rebounds, four assists, a steal and four treys in the Celtics 100-75 over the Magic.
Smart started at point guard in place of Kemba Walker, who is dealing with some light knee soreness. He shot well from the field as he went 5-of-9, including 4-of-6 from three point land. Smart shot a career-high 42.2 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from deep last season. If he can continue to improve his shooting to compliment his assists and steals, he may be able to produce towards mid-round value this coming season.
October 11, 2019, 5:41 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) will not play in Friday's preseason game with the Magic.
Walker went through shootaround but there's no need to push him through this minor injury. He'll be available to practice tomorrow and Marcus Smart will start in his place tonight.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
October 10, 2019, 6:13 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Magic.
Kemba is currently getting drafted in the second-third round in standard redraft leagues. The Celtics are likely being overly-cautious with their All-Star point guard. If Kemba ends up sitting out, Marcus Smart, Carsen Edwards and Romeo Langford could see more opportunity. It is worth noting that Langford is listed as probable with a groin injury.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 6, 2019, 8:50 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Sunday's preseason opener was not pretty for Marcus Smart, as he scored zero points on 0-of-4 shooting and committed three turnovers.
It was a rough 21 minutes to start the season and we did not even see any steals from Smart tonight. He is one of the more volatile players in fantasy hoops, and Smart will not be lacking in confidence the next time he takes the floor. We saw Smart deliver strong late-round value last year in just 27.5 minutes a game, and he should have a stable role once again. When you are in need of steals and some assists in the second half of your draft, Smart is a good solution.
October 3, 2019, 12:34 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (illness) missed Thursday's practice recovering from an illness.
Smart recovered from the injuries that derailed his World Cup and should be over the illness in the next few days. Smart is one of the better defenders in the league and makes for a quality late-round target in standard leagues.
Source: Mark Murphy on Twitter
September 23, 2019, 5:56 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart, having recovered from calf and hand injuries, will be a full participant in training camp for the Celtics.
Smart missed the end of the FIBA World Cup due to the ailments. However, they should not bother him going forward. Even on a talented Celtics roster, Smart is expected to start and could have top-75 value.
Source: Brian Robb
September 14, 2019, 7:40 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points with 10 assists as US beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh place in the tournament.
Mitchell was an efficient 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from downtown but the bigger story of course was USA's disappointing showing as this was only the second time that they finished outside the top-3 in the FIBA World Cup since 1978. Kemba Walker (neck), Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Marcus Smart (hand/quad/calf) all sat out the final game as they now have two weeks to rest before the start of training camp.
September 11, 2019, 1:43 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart, who has been battling hand and calf issues, will not play any more games in the World Cup according to Shams Charania.
After Team USA's loss to France, there was no reason to push the issue with Smart. However, X-rays were negative on his knuckle and the injuries don't sound like they will impact his play for the Celtics.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 7, 2019, 10:50 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell led US past Greece 69-53 on Saturday to remain undefeated at 4-0.
Walker finished with a team-high 15 points to go with four rebounds and six assists while Mitchell had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and a steal. Jaylen Brown and Harrison Barnes also had solid all-around lines and Marcus Smart returned to action after missing the previous game with a quad strain. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Greece with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with 13 rebounds, two steals, a block and a triple as Greece needs to beat the Czech Republic by at least 12 points on Monday to advance to the next round of the tournament, assuming the US will beat Brazil as well.
August 24, 2019, 8:42 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart, sidelined for almost three weeks with calf tightness, returned to action on Saturday as USA lost to Australia in their exhibition.
Smart only played nine minutes in this one but still managed to score 7 points with three assists days after being named one of the team’s co-captains. Coming off an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, he produced top-100 per game fantasy value as it seems he may have finally fixed his shot after shooting under 40 percent from the field in his first four seasons. He also produced a career-high in both steals and triples with 1.8 and 1.6 respectively as his career seems to be on the up and up.
August 22, 2019, 3:27 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.
Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.
August 17, 2019, 12:01 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
In the NBATV broadcast on Friday night, Marcus Smart said he is "100% confident" that his health won't be an issue to start the World Cup.
With the news of PJ Tucker having to drop out due to an ankle injury, it's good to see Smart won't have to do the same. His presence will be a key factor on defense for Team USA.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
August 15, 2019, 6:13 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart has been dealing with some calf tightness in Team USA camp and isn't expected to play in their exhibition match vs. Spain on Friday.
Team USA will bring at least 14 players to Australia for three more tune-up games vs. Australia and Canada. Before the World Cup commences at the end of August, the team will have to be reduced to a 12-man roster. Smart would be a great defensive guard for the US roster. We'll have to wait another week or so before we have the finalized roster.
Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter
August 13, 2019, 11:13 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (calf tightness) is day-to-day according to Greg Popovich, but the Team USA coach doesn't expect him to practice for the next couple days.
Smart was in street clothes at Tuesday's Team USA practice at the Lakers' facility. Last week Smart said that if this had happened a few years ago, he would have been out there pushing through the injury. However, he and the team are taking a more precautionary approach this summer in order to avoid a more serious setback.
Source: Kurt Helin