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Boston Celtics Guard Marcus Smart Took Himself Out Of Game 1 For the Betterment Of The Team

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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.

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.

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