Boston’s backup point guard and Rajon Rondo-in-training, Marcus Smart, showed why he’s such a valuable player despite a shooting stroke that’s far from elite. During Boston’s hard-fought 118-113 loss to the Mavs last night, Smart was embroiled in a number of plays that showcased what makes him so special; although, he also flopped pretty badly on one of them.
First, this rebound and put-back layup with one hand showcased his superb athleticism and zero fear even though he was coming in hard from the wing and Richard Jefferson had inside position under the hoop.
He tried the same acrobatic rebound on this play, but Jae Crowder undercuts him a bit and he lands awkwardly; oh, the joys of being young enough to dust yourself off after these sorts of efforts.
But it was this behind-the-back pass for the easy Jared Sullinger hoop after a scrum under the basket that truly shows off what makes Smart so special. The ability to, not only sniff out the ball, but also whip it behind his back to a waiting teammate is truly special.
Unfortunately, he’s also trying his hand at the infamous NBA flop as he shows here on a ghost Chandler Parsons elbow.
In all, Smart was only 3-for-7 from the field (1/5 on 3-pointers) for seven points in 24 minutes. But he also had six rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. He’s an athletic marvel, capable of the spectacular player. Now, we’re speaking for C’s fans here, but can we please get him a jump shot, too?
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