Jayson Tatum Believes Marcus Smart ‘Heart And Soul’ Of Celtics Team — NESN.com

Marcus Smart made an impact both on the court and on the bench in the Boston Celtics’ 122-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Smart not only locked down defensively for the Celtics, who were in dire need of a good defense performance, but encouraged teammates to do the same. Celtics forward Jayson…

Jayson Tatum Believes Marcus Smart ‘Heart And Soul’ Of Celtics Team — NESN.com

Marcus Smart Shades Refs For Overturned Giannis Antetokounmpo Foul Call — NESN.com

Not once, but twice Giannis Antetokounmpo narrowly dodged fouling out Friday night. The Milwaukee Bucks star had a pair of calls that would have marked his sixth foul of the night overturned, and it allowed him to stay in and ultimately sink the Celtics in Boston’s 119-112 loss to the Bucks in the first seeding…

Marcus Smart Shades Refs For Overturned Giannis Antetokounmpo Foul Call — NESN.com

Celtics’ Marcus Smart Provides Over 400 Meals For Healthcare Workers — NESN.com

Marcus Smart is doing all he can to help during the coronavirus pandemic. The Boston Celtics guard, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 but since has recovered, along with his YounGameChanger Foundation, announced Wednesday they would be donating 425 meals to healthcare workers on the front lines. “The meals, which are being prepared and delivered by…

Celtics’ Marcus Smart Provides Over 400 Meals For Healthcare Workers — NESN.com

Jayson Tatum Calls Marcus Smart’s COVID-19 Diagnosis ‘A Wakeup Call’ — NESN.com

When Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the league to pause it’s season, the Boston Celtics had to get tested as they had just played the Utah Jazz a few days prior. In the wake of that, Marcus Smart was the only Celtic to contract the disease. And though his teammate was asymptomatic, it…

Jayson Tatum Calls Marcus Smart’s COVID-19 Diagnosis ‘A Wakeup Call’ — NESN.com

Celtics’ Guard Marcus Smart Announces He’s Finally ‘Corona Free’ — NESN.com

The coronavirus didn’t want the smoke. Marcus Smart was recently diagnosed as the only Boston Celtics player to test positive for COVID-19. The guard reported no symptoms, and now, he’s already been cleared. “Corona Free as of two days ago,” Smart said in a Tweet on Sunday evening. “Cleared by Mass Dept of Health. Thanks…

Celtics’ Guard Marcus Smart Announces He’s Finally ‘Corona Free’ — NESN.com

Brad Stevens Delivers Encouraging Health Update On Marcus Smart — NESN.com

Marcus Smart is on the mend. The Boston Celtics guard last week revealed he tested positive for COVID-19. The 26-year-old was the only member of the organization to contract the virus, as it was reported earlier this week that remaining tests among players and staff members all came back negative. Smart’s teammates were confident he’d…

Brad Stevens Delivers Encouraging Health Update On Marcus Smart — NESN.com

Marcus Smart Becomes First Celtics Player To Test Positive For COVID-19 — NESN.com

The Boston Celtics have had their first player test positive for COVID-19. Marcus Smart took to Twitter on Thursday to announce he’s officially tested positive for the coronavirus. He is the first Celtics player to do so as of now. A statement released by the team, which did not identify Smart, noted it is awaiting…

Marcus Smart Becomes First Celtics Player To Test Positive For COVID-19 — NESN.com

NBA Issues Punishment To Marcus Smart After Incident With Referees — NESN.com

Marcus Smart lost his cool Tuesday night at TD Garden and now he’ll pay the price. Smart and the Boston Celtics suffered arguably their most frustrating loss of the season to the Brooklyn Nets, who erased a 21-point deficit on the strength of 51 (!) fourth-quarter points to secure an overtime victory over their Atlantic…

NBA Issues Punishment To Marcus Smart After Incident With Referees — NESN.com

“The amount of Smart’s fine ($35,000) also reflects his multiple prior violations of acceptable on-court decorum.”

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Celtics Injuries: Good News On Kemba Walker, Bad News On Jayson Tatum — NESN.com

The Boston Celtics just can’t seem to get a clean bill of health. Kemba Walker, who has missed the last five games with a sore knee, practiced Monday and could play in a limited capacity Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets, according to the Celtics. Obviously, that’s very good news for a Celtics team that went…

Celtics Injuries: Good News On Kemba Walker, Bad News On Jayson Tatum — NESN.com

However, the positive update came alongside news of Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum both missing practice due to undisclosed illnesses. Their respective statuses for Tuesday night are uncertain.

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Celtics’ Marcus Smart Surprisingly Leads the NBA In This Type Of Shot — NESN.com

Most Boston Celtics fans probably have shared a similar experience while watching Marcus Smart play over the last six seasons. He pulls up for a 3-pointer, you cringe at the shot selection based on his track record from beyond the arc, and as the ball hits its highest trajectory and falls towards the hoop, he…

Celtics’ Marcus Smart Surprisingly Leads the NBA In This Type Of Shot — NESN.com

He pulls up for a 3-pointer, you cringe at the shot selection based on his track record from beyond the arc, and as the ball hits its highest trajectory and falls towards the hoop, he sinks it and surprises you. Maybe the first four years of his career will forever prevent people from considering him a shooter, but believe it or not, he leads the NBA in one specific type of triple. Twitter user @statcenter looked into the best 3-point shooters off the dribble (per 100+ attempts) and found that Smart’s 42.2 percent was tied with J.J. Redick to lead the NBA. That’s pretty good company. MassLive’s Tom Westerholm asked Celtics coach Brad Stevens about what the tipping point was for Smart. “I think the biggest thing — and we’ve talked about this ad nauseum — when he’s got a good look, take the good ones, and he’s done a pretty good job of that,” Stevens said. “Obviously had some big scoring games, but he’s not forcing that. And I think that’s important, because when you force the tough ones off the dribble, that’s when your percentage will go way down.” Off the dribble or the pass, Smart’s gotten much better from deep. The improvement can be traced back to when Smart signed a four-year contract extension with Boston before the 2018-19 season. He shot a career high 36 percent from three last season, and currently sits at 35.9 percent. He’s made 109 of 306 attempts from beyond the arc so far this year compared to last season’s breakout year of 126 triples on 346 tries. He’s improved every year since the 2015-16 season, where he finished with a career-low 3-point average of 25.3 percent, per the NBA’s stat site. When it comes to catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, Smart is hitting 32 percent of his 194 attempts. Though he says throwing up a trey off a pass is easier for him, Smart explained to Westerholm why he likes shooting off the bounce. “I’m able to get my rhythm even more,” Smart said. “Catch and shoot, you’ve got to generate your own rhythm, whereas with the ball, you kind of got a pace. You can kind of feel it. But catch and shoot is easier for me. For some guys, it’s harder because you have to generate that, but for me that’s catch and shoot and let it fly. But I love shooting off the dribble, just because I’m able to get a rhythm that way as well.” Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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Marcus Smart Upgraded To ‘Questionable’ For Friday’s Game Vs. Cavaliers — NESN.com

Marcus Smart is inching closer to returning to the court. The Boston Celtics guard has been upgraded to “questionable” ahead of Friday’s contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden, the team announced Thursday. Smart missed the last seven games while dealing with a severe eye infection, which he recently compared to “hell.” #NEBHInjuryReport for…

Marcus Smart Upgraded To ‘Questionable’ For Friday’s Game Vs. Cavaliers — NESN.com

Marcus Smart Details Nasty Eye Infection: ‘Thought I Was Going To Go Blind’ — CBS Boston

Marcus Smart traveled with the Celtics for their Christmas Day win over the Raptors in Toronto, a welcome sight for his teammates and Boston fans.

Marcus Smart Details Nasty Eye Infection: ‘Thought I Was Going To Go Blind’ — CBS Boston