Boston Celtics Boston Celtics Guard Marcus Smart Took Himself Out Of Game 1 For the Betterment Of The Team Share Tweet Published 7 months ago on May 2, 2017 By Tanner Rebelo Boston Celtics Guard Marcus Smart Took Himself Out Of Game 1 For the Betterment Of The Team Being honest here, I am not a fan of Marcus Smart and personally think he is overrated for a multitude of reasons. The main one being if you are a guard in the NBA playing 30+ minutes a game you have to be able to score consistently, which he doesn’t. But what Smart did for the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter of game 1 is something that should be commended. In the heat of battle, with all the marbles on the table, Smart decided to take himself out of the game to save his team from a meltdown of epic proportions with his play going out of control. “I decided to take myself out; things were going wrong,” Smart said after Monday’s practice. “I was making a couple of mistakes and everybody else was playing good. So, I decided to take myself out, let those guys keep going and calm myself down.” To start the fourth quarter Smart turned the ball over and then proceeded to commit back-to-back personal fouls. He then took himself out and then returned to game action less than a minute later at the 9:43 mark in the fourth. But Smart continued to be detrimental to the team by picking up his fourth personal foul that turned into a Wizards four-point play which cut the C’s lead to 99-95. Smart left with 7:08 and did not return to the game with Terry Rozier coming in to replace him. “I know I can’t make those mistakes,” Smart said. “Just wanted to take myself out, get myself together and cheer my team on. Those dudes were rolling and keeping it going. I didn’t want to mess up the groove. Just wanted to re-gather myself and get ready when Brad calls me back in.”“I know myself,” Smart said. “It’s better to just come out, get you a quick breather, gather yourself than to keep in there and keep getting frustrated and make the same mistakes.” “Some people probably think it was a little selfish of me, to think I was mad at myself but it really wasn’t,” Smart said. “I just felt like at that moment, we were up and my plays with the two turnovers, back-to-back and fouling the three-point shooter, something we all know you’re not supposed to do and he gets the and-one and they get a rhythm. Smart added, “I just felt that at that time and for the team, I wasn’t doing anything to help.” A lot of players would wait until their coach pulled them out of the game, so credit to Smart to realizing he needed to get off the court. But the question that has yet to be answered is who pulled him out with 7:08 to go, that one to me is more interesting considering he sat the remainder of the game after that. Either way good for him to realize this and take himself out, not sure if another guard in the league would have done that to help his team. Game 2 of the series tips off tonight. Related Topics:Boston CelticsCelticsfeaturedMarcus Smart Up Next Boston Celtics I Bleed Green Video To Get You In The Mood For Game 6 Don't Miss Liam Sully’s Weekly Round Up Celtics, Sox, and Roger BOOOOOOOOO dell Tanner Rebelo Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta. Continue Reading Advertisement You may like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Celtics Streaking Boston Celtics Set To Face Their Toughest Test The Mask: Recalibrating Kyrie’s Face and the Offense Boston Celtics Excitement Reaching 2008 Levels The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Cleveland Cavaliers Will Rebound, But Celtics Have Yet To Peak Boston Celtics Boston Celtics Set To Face Their Toughest Test Published 6 days ago on November 16, 2017 By Tanner Rebelo The Boston Celtics have battled their way to a 13-game winning streak after losing the first two games of their season. This winning streak has catapulted the C’s to the top of the Eastern Conference and has gotten the attention of fans around the NBA. But on Thursday night this team will face it’s first big test, the Golden State Warriors. Golden State is the reigning NBA champions and still has the most talented roster in the entire league. Boston has done it all during their winning streak, but this task could be their toughest obstacle. Taking down the Warriors is a huge confidence swing for a team that is potentially eyeing a title chance at the end of the season. Drumming up a regular season game is usually a hard thing to do, but for this game, the two teams are legitimate title contenders. For the Celtics, the loss of Gordon Hayward was thought to be crippling to this year’s team’s potential. But the amount of grit and resilience they have shown has been remarkable. Whether they have been without Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, or Jayson Tatum, this team has battled through it all to win 13 straight games. Thursday’s game will be a challenge, but one that could be very telling for the team’s long-term success. Celtics-Warriors tips off at 8:00 pm on TNT. Continue Reading Boston Celtics The Mask: Recalibrating Kyrie’s Face and the Offense Published 6 days ago on November 16, 2017 By Jackson Kelley Kyrie Irving is being obligated to accessorize on the basketball court. If you haven’t heard – It’s sort of a big deal. After getting elbowed in the face by Aron Baynes, during last Friday’s game, Kyrie will have to wear a protective mask for a little while. And many fans believe that Irving wears the good ol’ Rip Hamilton face mask with suave fashionability. Despite the raving reviews and social media’s embracement, Irving peers through his plastic transparency with defeated eyes. He looks like an emasculated puppy who has to wear one of those postoperative head-cones. It’s apparent that Irving wants to release his bite, but feels that all he can do is bark, behind the silly partition. On Tuesday afternoon, Kyrie voiced his ambivalent love for the sensation that his prescription face shield has become. “I know it’s for my safety.” He volunteered during a press conference, before doing battle with the Brooklyn Nets. Conversely, in his first game back since the recent facial injury, Kyrie Irving did not play with his tail between his legs. He attacked the Barclays Center like a beast unleashed. Kyrie absolutely stifled the resolve of the Nets, with lancinating drives and frustrated flair. He was able to channel his embarrassment into his performance. The annoying piece of hardware, that scratched at his face and jostled his vision, was ticking him off in a productive manner. After every play, Kyrie would remove the mask, guffaw at its dorkiness, readjust and then get back to work. Irving, with a game-high 25 points and 5 assists, would lead the Celtics to a 109-102 victory over Brooklyn, on Tuesday night. Celtics fans may not realize this, but Kyrie’s notorious mask is going to have a huge influence on the games in which it appears. Not only will the facemask recalibrate Kyrie Irving’s expression, but it will also recalibrate the entire Celtics offense. Continue Reading Boston Celtics Boston Celtics Excitement Reaching 2008 Levels Published 1 week ago on November 13, 2017 By Tanner Rebelo The 2017-18 Boston Celtics are on a bit of a roll right now with a 12 game win streak. Going into this season the hype surrounding a team that added not one but two superstars was high. And this team has yet to disappoint. But the way they are doing it is beyond impressive. When Gordon Hayward went down there was an eerie feeling of a new season already being ruined. But with the youth movement in full swing, this team had something else in mind. Boston has battled through it all during their win streak. They have played without Al Horford and Kyrie Irving at times showing the full repertoire of what coach Brad Stevens has to offer. Stevens during this run has drawn up game-winning plays with personnel such as Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown playing well beyond their years. Can this run continue? Are they as good as they are playing? Yes and yes. Obviously, they will lose a basketball game sooner rather than later, but they have yet to play their best basketball. Brown and Tatum are both young players who in theory will continue to grow and develop as the season progresses. And they are not the only ones, the other young players should be able to do the same under Stevens. On top of that Irving who has fit right into the Stevens’ system, in theory, has yet to hit his stride in the system. Others such as Morris and Baynes are also in that category. Boston might be in the midst of a serious winning streak, but they still have room for growth. Can they win a title this season without Hayward? Why not? In the NBA playoffs, the team with the superstars tend to win which Boston would be outgunned when playing a Cleveland or a Golden State. But along the way, if they can get Tatum and others some playoff experience and a chance to see what getting close to a championship is like it could go a long way when Hayward returns. No matter what happens this years team is the first big excitement surrounding the Celtics since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen teamed up with Paul Pierce. 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