Most fans are happy Marcus Smart is a Celtic. He needs to remain in Boston.

That was Jaylen Brown's comment on Marcus Smart. "I'm just happy he's on our side!" In last night's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Marcus had his usual line: A total of 11 points, five rebounds, nine beautiful assists, four steals and a game high plus/minus of +21. Ho hum.

Lebron James had quite a game last night with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, but he still found it in himself to compliment Smart. According to ESPN's Chris Forsberg, James said, "I think Marcus always makes plays at the right time," and raved about Marcus' ability to play multiple positions and impact the game as a creator. Some of Smart's passes were spectacular.

There is an intensity and toughness in Marcus that is virtually unmatched in the league. Even Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue had praise for Smart (per ESPN's Chris Forsberg): "He makes winning plays. He makes tough plays. We've got to be able to find someone who can match his toughness."

Smart's best play of the game may have been his support of teammate Al Horford without letting his emotions lead to an ejection and possible suspension. J. R Smith shoved Horford from behind as Al attempted a layup, leading to Horford landing in a heap.

Marcus confronted Smith immediately with both players receiving technicals and J. R. picking up a Flagrant One foul on Horford. No punches were thrown, but it looked like Smart was close to doing so. His mom would not have been happy had that occurred, and we need Marcus going forward in the playoffs.

We probably need Smart for the long-term going forward also. He is the right man for this team, and the Celtics need him. As a restricted free agent this summer, we should cross our fingers and hope that he can be signed for a with a fair contract that satisfies both sides.

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Tom Lane 5/16/2018 07:43:00 AM Edit
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