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Celtics’ Marcus Smart to donate blood plasma for research on coronavirus

Celtics, Marcus Smart

Boston Celtics shooting guard Marcus Smart is racking up assists despite play being suspended due to the coronavirus.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Smart plans to donate his blood plasma to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project for research on the blood of those recovered from the coronavirus.

Marcus Smart announced on Twitter he tested positive for COVID-19. The Celtics’ defensive ace then urged the younger generation to social distance and stay inside after seeing college kids on a beach for Spring Break.

Smart also announced on social media his clearance from COVID-19. He was the only player on the Celtics who tested positive.

Before the 2019-20 season got suspended, Smart and the Celtics were in third place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 43-21. Boston was led by All-Stars Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, with Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Smart next on the hierarchy.

Smart was averaging 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists on the season for the Celtics. He was shooting 38.0 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 83.5 percent from the free-throw line.

NBA owners would like to resume the season in the summer if the virus dies down. However, there’s no guarantee that will happen.