Video: Marcus Smart shows insane athleticism jumping off his back
The Boston Celtics are currently holding down the second seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 45-20, but looking to improve as a team down the stretch run of the season.
Not only are they high in the standings, but have been consistently solid all season long, and are looking to take the next step forward this post-season.
One of the biggest reasons for the team’s success is guard Marcus Smart who brings consistent energy on both sides of the floor every night.
Prior to the All-Star break, Smart was instrumental in helping the team gain a victory over the red-hot Houston Rockets by outsmarting — no pun intended — leading MVP candidate James Harden with a couple of timely back-to-back defensive plays.
Both times Smart baited Harden into charging him down to the floor as he looked on with surprise wondering how such a blunder could happen so easily. It’s a signature move of Smart that some, including former teammates, even call him one of the league’s biggest floppers, and he has given enough evidence over the last couple of seasons to flame that fire.
That doesn’t take away the fact that, while he sometimes seems to make some not-so-smart moves, he gives his all on the court, and is an extraordinary athlete.
Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls was no exception as Smart hit the floor once again, but displayed his remarkable strength and agility by hopping off his back and onto his feet in one motion, which was such an insane kick jump that it could’ve been mistaken as a video showing him falling to the ground in reverse, but this was real time.
Marcus Smart out here breakdancing pic.twitter.com/bX8oxUqhA2
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This kick up move happened late in the third quarter when the Celtics were up pretty handily on the Bulls, so its no question Smart was feeling pretty good at the time.
The Celtics would go on to win the game 105-89 with the 6-foot-5 guard adding seven points and four assists in 26 minutes off the bench.