August 5, 2020, 11:52 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart started for Kemba Walker (knee) on Wednesday and provided a quality game with 12 points (2-of-5 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, two triples, six assists and three steals.
Smart led the team in minutes played with 33 in this game, highlighting his importance to the Celtics on both ends of the floor. As long as Walker is on the sidelines, expect Smart to be a fun source of threes, steals and assists.
August 2, 2020, 6:29 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart was mostly focused on defense in Sunday's win over the Blazers, scoring three points (0-for-4 shooting) in 33 minutes but chipping in five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
Smart had to put his attention on being Damian Lillard's speed bump and the Celtics did pull out the victory, so it all worked out. His ability to grab complementary stats has always been Smart's bread and butter, so bad offensive games don't sting as badly with him as they do for more one-dimensional players. Expect better in the next one with middle-round numbers by the end of the Orlando bubble schedule.
July 31, 2020, 10:09 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart was feeling it on Friday, heating up in 32 minutes off the bench for 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, one assist, three triples and one steal.
Kemba Walker was limited to 19 minutes while he's still recovering from a sore left knee, so Smart was to chomp down on those point-guard minutes and put up a stunner of a line tonight. This is close to the top of his range, so don't expect him to drop monster lines like this one on a nightly basis.
July 28, 2020, 6:54 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum will not play on Tuesday night after being given the night off to rest according to Brad Stevens.
Tatum will join a host of others on the sideline for Tuesday's scrimmage against the Rockets. Along with Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, the Celtics will be basically running their second and even third units all night. There is no reason to be concerned here and those targeting Tatum in drafts will still need to part with a first-round pick to secure his services.
Source: Chris Fosberg on Twitter
July 24, 2020, 7:33 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart's 3-point stroke failed him on Friday against the Thunder, as he went 0-of-5 from deep on his way to eight points, three assists and three steals over 16 minutes.
Smart has put together a solid deep stroke over the last couple of seasons, and his ability to hit 2.4 triples per game this season, in combination with 1.6 steals and 4.8 assists, has made him into a valuable mid-round asset in fantasy. He's been averaging a career-best 32.5 minutes per game, which theoretically could take a hit now that all of the Celtics are healthy, but Smart has always found a path to standard-league value thanks to his craftiness.
July 7, 2020, 11:07 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart averaged a career-high 13.5 points and 2.4 triples to go with 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks in 53 games for the Celtics, good for 51/44 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Smart missed a few games throughout the year and also tested positive for COVID-19 but he was definitely one of the good stories of the season, surpassing his ADP. His percentages remained brutal but he took advantage of the extra playing time due to the injury Kemba Walker sustained and solidified his role as a dynamic guard who contributes on both ends of the floor. The steals have always given him late-round appeal but the rising 3-pointers and assists push him into the middle-round conversation with ease.
March 31, 2020, 9:05 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart plans to donate his blood plasma to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project for research on how the virus affects the blood of those infected or have been infected already, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
This marks an interesting end (fingers-crossed) to Smart's coronavirus infection and subsequent quarantine. Only five NBA players have received confirmed positive tests for COVID-19 but the NBA obviously isn't taking any chances during this global pandemic. With speed being medical professionals' biggest pressure with regards to a vaccine, Smart really stepped up to the plate. Hopefully other public figures who have recovered from the virus will follow his lead in donating necessary items for research. This also doesn't hurt Smart's public image, which has been known to fluctuate dramatically during his college and professional career.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 29, 2020, 9:32 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart announced that he has been cleared of COVID-19 since Friday.
It is good to see that Smart made a full recovery from the virus. Before this crisis hit the scene Smart was having a strong season with consistent mid-round value for the Celtics. With his secure role as a defensive anchor and his improved shooting from deep, he will continue to be a strong option whenever play resumes.
Source: Marcus Smart on Twitter
March 19, 2020, 7:54 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Smart followed the Celtics statement almost immediately, announcing that he's the Celtics player who tested positive. He has been self-quarantined since the postive test.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 9:41 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart dropped 19 points with 10 boards in 38 minutes of action in a loss to the Thunder on Sunday.
Smart shot 7-of-17 from the field and added two triples and four assists to the box score. Smart has been rolling as of late and has produced top-25 value over the last two weeks. Although that value might be unattainable, he should be a lock for top-50 value due to his defensive and sharpshooting abilities.
March 6, 2020, 11:17 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart kept his hot streak going on Friday and went off for 29 points (9-of-23 shooting), six threes, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in a team-high 37 minutes.
Smart has been on a heater, clocking in with top-30 value over the last week. With Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown sidelined, there's no reason to think that he's going to slow down anytime soon.
March 5, 2020, 5:06 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward (right knee contusion) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's matchup vs. the Jazz.
Hayward will miss his second consecutive game on Friday but his outlook looks slightly better than his teammate, Jaylen Brown (hamstring). Hayward is considered day-to-day while Brown has been ruled out until at least next Thursday. Marcus Smart, Grant Williams and Semi Ojeleye should continue to see additional opportunity on Friday with Hayward and Brown sidelined.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 9:30 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart struggled from beyond the arc on Wednesday bust still ended with 18 points (5-15 FG, 0-5 3PT, 8-8 FT), two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Smart is usually good for some 3-pointers, but couldn't find his stroke tonight. He'll be a good source of production while the Celtics are shorthanded, especially given his steady rate of steals.
March 4, 2020, 5:42 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown (right hamstring) has been ruled out for at least one week.
Brown was already ruled out of Wednesday's game earlier in the day but will now miss at least an additional three games. His next opportunity to play is next Thursday against the Bucks. While Brown is sidelined, Jayson Tatum will be leaned on more heavily. Marcus Smart, Grant Williams and Semi Ojeleye could also see their roles increase.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 1:12 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown (right hamstring) will not play during Wednesday's game.
Brown injured himself on Tuesday against the Nets. He has averaged 20.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest this campaign. With the Celtics quite depleted, look for Marcus Smart to step up against the Cavs.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter