Is This The Year Marcus Smart Finally Breaks Out?
On Saturday night, starting in place of injured Avery Bradley, Smart scored a season-high 22 points on 7/10 shooting. Despite connecting on only 29 percent of his 3-point shots entering Saturday, Smart accounted for five of Boston's 18 triples en route to a 117-108 triumph over the New Orleans Pelicansat TD Garden. He shot a staggering 5/7 3PT FG.
Smart is holding opposing players to 3.5 percent below their season field goal percentage, according to the NBA's player-tracking data. Over Boston's past 10 games, his opponents are shooting a meager 34.2 percent overall, or an absurd 9.1 percent below their season average. (via ESPN)
Here's what Isaiah Thomas said about his recent performances:
"[Smart is] a special player. He's special because he has the things you can't teach," Thomas said. "When he has the full package, he's a tough guard to handle. When he plays like that, I bet we win 100 percent of the time, because he puts so much pressure on the [opposing defense] when he's making his shots and then, on the defensive end, he's a monster." Smart's teammates know that if he gets an early shot to fall, they need to go back to him."When he makes one, he's on fire," Thomas said. "When he plays like he did tonight, we've got to just keep feeding him."
It's also recently become clear that Marcus is improving as a shooter. Check this out:
Is this just form? Or is he finally breaking out? We can only wait and see. But we do know is that he is certainly making life hard for Danny in terms of trade talks. We think that Marcus Smart should not be involved in any trade talks unless we're talking about an All-Star. Marcus has a special talent and is a very unique player, the 6th pick is looking better and better each year. Let's hope he builds from this and keeps improving. Leave your thoughts below on what you think of Smart this season>