Kemba Walker, Brad Stevens relive Marcus Smart’s block to seal Game 7 vs. Raptors
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart looked like LeBron James when he blocked Toronto Raptors swingman Norman Powell to basically seal the Celtics’ Game 7 win over the Raptors, and Boston star point guard Kemba Walker and head coach Brad Stevens were in awe by it.
Smart, who made the first-team All-Defensive squad this season, showed why the media voted for him by making this spectacular block on Powell:
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During their media sessions with Celtics reporters, both Kemba Walker and Brad Stevens couldn’t stop praising Marcus Smart, who is the heart and soul of the Boston team.
“That block was so special — it was unreal,” Walker said. “That’s why he’s first-team all-defense. He shows it night in and night out. He made so many huge plays tonight. A lot of the things he does just go unnoticed … he’s special, man. He’s on a different level at that end of the basketball court.”
“The hustle, the block, the toughness, he’s a huge part of our team. He’s a huge part of our organization,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens added. “I said this before the playoffs, we’ve got a chance to play in [the playoffs] every year he’s been here, and it’s not a coincidence.”
The Celtics will face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. That is certainly going to be a fun series and all eyes are likely going to be on Heat star Jimmy Butler and Smart, as the two have some beef dating back to Butler’s days with the Chicago Bulls.
Thus far in the 2020 playoffs, Smart is averaging 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.