Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been sorely missed since he suffered a partial oblique tear on April 7 in the team’s loss to the Orlando Magic.
Brad Stevens still doesn’t have a timeline for when Smart will return, but the Celtics head coach said Sunday that he recently had a “good workout.”
Despite the injury, Smart has been with the team, which is a nice lift considering he is one of Boston’s most important leaders.
As all Celtics fans know, Smart is extremely exuberant in the best way possible. Sometimes, however, it can become a bit comical, as was the case three years ago Monday.
The Celtics were playing the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, trailing in the series 2-0. With four minutes remaining in a tight game, Smart caught a slight hip from Kyle Korver underneath the basket and immediately flying — no exaggeration. Smart threw himself into the air and let out a shout in an attempt to sell the call.
It didn’t work, but it surely caught the attention of social media and Shaq’s popular “Shaqtin A Fool” segment.
OK. So maybe it was a bit of a flop, but we still love Smart.
Side note: I am all for celebrating flop anniversaries from now on. Or are they called “flop-aversaries?” Who knows.
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