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Marcus Smart has concerning revelation about 2018 glass-punching injury

Marcus Smart dribbles the ball

Jan 28, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) dribbles against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Smart is making a troubling revelation about his infamous injury from five years ago.

The Boston Celtics guard Smart told reporters in a recent interview that he still plays with some glass in his hand as a result of the 2018 incident where he punched a picture frame.

“Ever since the picture frame incident … [I] still have some glass in there,” said Smart, per Adam Taylor of CelticsBlog. “[They] said it would probably cause more problems to take the glass out, so they just left it in. So I still have glass in my hand. Sometimes I can’t feel my hand, but it comes back.”

The 28-year-old Smart hurt himself in Jan. 2018 when he angrily punched at a picture frame on the wall of his hotel. Even more bizarre is that the reported reason why Smart got upset was a non-basketball one. Smart ultimately missed a little over a month of action because of the injury.

The glass remnants have not prevented Smart from playing at a high level in recent years. He was the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year last season and helped lead the Celtics to the 2022 NBA Finals (their first Finals appearance in nearly a decade-and-a-half). Smart also continues to cash his three-point shots at a solid rate (34.1 percent over the five seasons since his hand injury as opposed to 29.3 percent over the previous four).

But Smart, who admitted that the glass still affects him from time to time, may have reason to worry about it as he gets older. For now though, Smart, who is in the first year of a new four-year, $77.1 million extension with the Celtics, will just have to continue managing the issue.

Marcus Smart fined for language used toward NBA official

Marcus Smart dribbles the ball

Jan 28, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) dribbles against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Smart was ejected from the Boston Celtics’ loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, and the point guard has also been fined for his actions.

The NBA announced on Thursday that Smart has been fined $35,000 for “directing inappropriate language toward a game official.”

Smart had already been assessed one technical foul when he complained to an official as he was being subbed out of the game late in the third quarter of Boston’s 150-117 blowout loss. He was hit with his second technical, which resulted in him being ejected.

Smith then had to be held back by Celtics coach coach Joe Mazzulla as he yelled in the direction of a referee. He appeared to say “f—ing horrible” multiple times. You can see the video below:

Smart had 7 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in 26 minutes before he was ejected.

This is not the first time Smart has been fined for his dealings with an official. The veteran has now paid nearly $500,000 in fines during his NBA career.

Marcus Smart teases fans with big personal announcement

Marcus Smart stares ahead

Aug 4, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) warms up before the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Visa Athletic Center in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Smart had a huge Christmas Day, and he took the opportunity to tease his fans.

Smart had six points and eight assists as his Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 139-118 on Sunday. But that was just the first win of the day for the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Smart later went on Twitter to share some news with his fans. He delighted in teasing them along the way before finally revealing what all the tweets were about.

“Guess what …………,” he began.

“I’ve had enough. Been holding it in too long and it’s about time this gets said ….”

“It’s time for me to leave …”

“Oh I forgot the rest… Time for me to leave the single life.

“She said YES!!! (Whew)”

Yes, Smart had gotten engaged.

Seeing the announcement from Smart put everything into context for one Celtics reporter.

The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach shared his funny observation.

“Marcus was in an absolutely giddy mood when he left the locker room, and (Jayson) Tatum gave him a big hug. I thought it was just about the win, ha,” Himmelsbach noted.

What a day and what a year for Smart. His team made the NBA Finals last season; he won NBA Defensive Player of the Year; he won on Christmas Day; and he got engaged. That’s not bad at all.

Celtics broadcast goes viral for funny Marcus Smart graphic

Marcus Smart dribbles the ball

Jan 28, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) dribbles against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The superstars in the graphics department at NBC Sports Boston were at it again this week.

After the Boston Celtics knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, NBC Sports Boston, the home broadcaster for Celtics games, aired a hilarious graphic about guard Marcus Smart. As Smart gave his postgame interview, the graphic proclaimed the veteran Celtic to be “him.”

Check it out.

Calling somebody “him” is another way of saying that he is “that dude” or that he is “the man.”

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year Smart certainly fit that billing on Monday. He dropped a season-high 22 points on the Thunder, going 8-for-12 from the floor and adding on five rebounds and eight assists. Smart’s all-around effort helped Boston win their eighth straigth game to improve to an NBA-best 11-3.

This is also a welcome breath of fresh air for the Celtics broadcast. They are usually known for using their air space to throw shade at opposing players (albeit making for graphics that are just as memorable).

Celtics veteran has puzzled response to Ime Udoka-Nets situation

Ime Udoka looks over

Apr 25, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka coaches against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Ime Udoka situation is throwing the Boston Celtics players for a loop once again.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart spoke with reporters Wednesday and expressed confusion over the recent development that Udoka may become the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

“Obviously, we wish he was here,” said Smart of Udoka, per The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “We have no control over that. It definitely sucks. I guess it was deemed that whatever happened was enough for him not to be the coach here, but I guess not enough for him [not] to be a coach anywhere else, obviously.

“His name got slandered and slaughtered and it was, ‘He’ll probably never coach again,’” Smart continued. “And a couple of months later, now he’s possibly going to be the coach of one of our biggest rivals? It’s tough. It makes no sense. But we can’t control that.”

Udoka, who led Smart and the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season as their head coach last year, was suspended by Boston for the entire 2022-23 season due to an alleged inappropriate relationship with a female employee. Assistant Joe Mazzulla has taken over as interim coach, guiding Boston to a 4-2 record in the early going.

But the Nets, who are division rivals with the Celtics and have faced them in the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, just fired head coach Steve Nash. Now it appears Brooklyn is zeroing in on an improbable hiring of Udoka.

The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Smart is the longest-tenured Celtic as well as the team’s emotional leader, so his reaction here is probably pretty telling of how the rest of his teammates feel too. One Celtics star also preceded Smart’s comments with a cryptic response to the Udoka-Nets buzz.

Did Marcus Smart take shot at Kyrie Irving?

Marcus Smart dribbles the ball

Jan 28, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) dribbles against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Smart could be the latest to join in on the roast of Kyrie Irving.

The Boston Celtics guard Smart spoke with reporters Tuesday and appeared to get in a shot at his ex-teammate Irving while talking about his own value.

“I think I proved a little bit of everything,” he said, per Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. “I heard the talk about [I’m] not a true point guard, and this and that, and they need a star point guard. We’ve had star point guards and all these point guards. And yet this so-called non-point guard is the only one that has led them to the Finals.”

Smart’s comment about “star point guards” definitely seems like a swipe at Irving. While Smart did play with other All-Star point guards like Isaiah Thomas and Kemba Walker, Thomas developed into an All-Star after he arrived in Boston, while Walker was brought in to help fill the void that Irving left behind. Irving himself was the real “star point guard” whose acquisition was supposed to lead the Celtics to the promised land. But thanks to both injury and general incompatibility, it never materialized before Irving jumped ship for Brooklyn in 2019.

We know that Irving was pretty unpopular in the Celtics locker room. The infamously abrasive Smart once snapped over an Irving-related inquiry too, so it’s not a stretch to read these comments as a swipe at Captain Flat Earth.

Video: Marcus Smart takes cheap shot at Gary Payton II

Marcus Smart stands near Jordan Poole

Marcus Smart got into foul trouble early in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night in Boston between his Celtics and the Golden State Warriors.

Smart was called for two fouls in the first quarter and then got called for a third foul early in the second quarter. His third foul came when he was shadowing Jordan Poole, who approached teammate Gary Payton II for a handoff. While running to stay by Poole, Smart decided to give Payton an elbow.

That was an unnecessary shot from Smart and earned him his third foul call.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year only had two points in the first half. He and teammate Jayson Tatum both were called for three fouls in the first half. Kevon Looney had three fouls for the Warriors.

Video: Jordan Poole gets away with ridiculous flop on Marcus Smart

Jordan Poole covers his face

Jordan Poole got away with an absolutely ridiculous flop during Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday between his Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.

Golden State was leading 82-74 in the fourth quarter when Marcus Smart took an inbounds pass from Jayson Tatum. Smart had shoved Poole, and Poole responded by pulling Smart’s arm. Smart’s left arm flailed, so Poole pretended like he had been hit in the face by Smart.

Take a look at the acting job and delayed reaction from Poole:

As pathetic of a display as that was, it worked. Smart was called for a technical foul. Poole made the technical free throw and then followed up with a jumper to put the Warriors up by 11.

That was a badly blown call by the officials.

Celtics show support for Brittney Griner ahead of Game 2

Brittney Griner smiles

Mar 12, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner in attendance of the Phoenix Suns game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics demonstrated their support for Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner ahead of Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The players wore T-shirts with the message “We are BG” during their practice on Saturday. The shirts also had a QR code linking to a petition calling for Griner’s return home. The shirts are part of an effort to bring awareness to Griner’s detainment in Russia.

Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum used their media availability to speak about Griner.

“It’s extremely tough seeing what she’s going through,” Tatum said. “We’re all together in support, trying to bring her back to her family.”

Brown said he felt that Saturday was a good day to bring attention to the situation.

“She’s been over there for an extended amount of time, and we feel enough is enough,” Brown said. “Being an athlete, we’re just not up here to entertain you guys. We also have a voice.”

“We with BG man,” Smart added.

Another well-known NBA player wore the same shirt in support of Griner earlier this postseason.

Griner, a seven-time WNBA All-Star, plays in Russia during the WNBA offseason for UMMC Ekaterinburg. She has been detained in the country since February after being arrested on drug charges. The United States government recently classified Griner as wrongfully detained, meaning that they will likely seek to negotiate her release.

Steve Kerr has high praise for 1 Celtics player

Steve Kerr looks on from the sideline

Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reminds Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr of one of his own players.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday ahead of the NBA Finals, Kerr said that Smart’s tenacity on defense was similar to that of Draymond Green.

“I kind of described Marcus yesterday as the guard version of Draymond,” Kerr said. “He’s just all over the place defensively. There’s a reason he won Defensive Player of the Year. He’s a great defender and probably an underrated offensive player as well.”

Kerr wasn’t the only person to heap praise onto Smart ahead of the NBA Finals.

Smart’s defensive prowess was on full display during the regular season. He finished the season with the seventh-most steals per game in the NBA (1.68), and was tied for sixth in total steals (119) as well.

While Smart is known more for his defense, he’s been productive on the opposite end of the court as well during the playoffs.

In 15 games, the 28-year-old has averaged 15.5 points and is shooting just under 40 percent from the field. Smart scored 24 points in Boston’s Game 7 win over the Miami Heat in the Western Conference Finals.

While Smart will play a key role in Boston’s success this series, he may have unintentionally provided some extra motivation for a Warriors team looking to win their fourth title in the last eight years.