After a terrible loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, the Boston Celtics climbed back to .500 on Wednesday with a hard-fought victory over the New York Knicks, thanks in large part to the late-game efforts of Marcus Smart.
The veteran guard scored 14 of his 17 points in the final eight minutes of play and all but 17 of Boston’s 31 fourth-quarter points. Smart knocked down a handful of pivotal free throws, as well as the final dagger — a three-pointer with 36.4 seconds left in regulation — putting the Celtics up for good.
Smart, who has been vilified at times throughout his career for his shot selection, has always remained adamant in both his and his teammate’s confidence when it comes to him putting the ball in the basket.
“I make winning plays for my team,” Smart said following the game. “I’m going to give us extra possessions. My threes, I’ve always believed in myself, like I said. I [couldn’t] care less what anybody says, I’m going to continue to shoot it. My teammates continue to believe in me.”
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Celtics Fans Lay into Marcus Smart
While Smart’s teammates may continue to believe in the guard’s abilities from beyond the arc, Celtics fans clearly still have their doubts. From his bullish shot selection, to claims of making winning plays, to his confident demeanor, Bostonians were not all too pleased with Smart following the game, and they let him know it.
Fans let loose an array of critical tweets responding to his postgame comments (via Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn).
Well maybe start hitting more of them
— sruli (@Sruly23) April 8, 2021
I could not hate this take any more.
He makes so many winning plays for the team that the C’s have a better record without him playing. He makes winning plays for the OTHER team is maybe what he meant
— Dave William (@DaveWil36539899) April 8, 2021
…. and you wonder why they have underachieved and everyone associated to the franchise looks miserable including ownership, the GM, coaching staff and star players.
— Kenneth Bycoff (@mrbycoff) April 8, 2021
This man is the definition of insanity. Just cause it worked once against Julius randle and a collection from the …read more