We could wax poetic about Marcus Smart and what he means for the Celtics, how he’s the heart and soul of the team, and why every year, he’s in trade rumors because everybody should want him, but Danny Ainge would be silly to deal him.
But maybe it’s just easier if we roll the tape.
The Celtics went 9-9 after Smart went down with a severe let calf strain against the Lakers. The team weathered the storm, but you could tell they missed his intensity and grit on the floor. During Boston’s recent 7-3 stretch after the trade deadline--a deadline that featured his name heavily in rumors--he’s played arguably his best basketball this season. His numbers are solid: 15 points per game on 45% shooting from the floor (41% from behind the arc), four rebounds, and six assists per game. More importantly, he’s looked more controlled and deliberate in his approach, but then again, once in awhile, The Cobra can strike when you least expect it.