Marcus Smart more concerned with cancer survivor than anything else after tumble
The Boston Celtics might as well be the “walking wounded” given the amount of injuries the roster has sustained as of late.
Smart said he collided with a cancer survivor after the tumble, though the fan was ok following the collision. Smart found the fan after the game, giving him the game jersey and an arm band:
Marcus Smart said he was OK after his tumble near the #Hawks bench chasing loose ball. Said he was more concerned about a cancer survivor he collided with. He was OK, too. Smart gave the fan his game jersey and arm band. #Celtics
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 8, 2020
Of course, it is can be dangerous when a player dives into the crowd attempting to save a loose ball. But nobody was hurt in this instance, with Smart showing his quality by seeking out the courageous fan.
Smart has had injuries of his own to worry about, though not in the most conventional sense. He missed over two weeks of action in December due to a strange infection that took hold in both eyes.
More recently, Smart missed a pair of games due to a quad contusion. He scored nine points to go along with six six assists and five rebounds during Friday’s win over the Hawks.
The 25-year-old is averaging 12.3 points, 4.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds through his first 40 games while also averaging a career-high 31.5 minutes per game.
Though Smart has struggled to convert around the rim, he is shooting somewhat effectively (35 percent) from beyond the arc, and he is very capable on the ball. Moreover, Smart continues to excel on the defensive end, guarding multiple positions and getting into the body of his assignments.
But Friday’s gesture is more indicative of Smart’s value to the franchise: he is a fan favorite, a veteran, a tough guy player, and the true heartbeat of this Celtics team.