HoopsHype Marcus Smart rumors

January 28, 2015 Updates
January 27, 2015 Updates

“It was crazy, and it was sad it had to be under those circumstances,” he said while preparing for the Celtics’ matchup with the Jazz. “It was good seeing my family but it was a tough day for us. Everybody understood that we’ve got to get past it but it’s going to take time. But that’s why you have family.” Boston Globe

January 1, 2015 Updates

According to Cousins, his actions weren’t just about frustration with the way the Kings were playing, though there was plenty of that. “I did have an issue (with Smart),” said Cousins, who had received a first-quarter technical for screaming at ref Danny Crawford and was ejected. “It didn’t start with the box-out. It was the pick. He tried to run through my chest, then he came and I felt he took a cheap shot on the box-out, and that’s what resulted to what happened. “But even with that being said, I’ve got to make better decisions. The team depends on me every night, and I just can’t do things like that.” Boston Herald

By that point, more than 20 minutes after the game, Cousins appeared to have settled down. That wasn’t the case in the immediate aftermath. According to multiple sources, Cousins said, “That’s OK. I’ll get him after the game,” on his way from the scene. There was, therefore, a bit larger security presence in the hallway between the two dressing rooms. Smart, meanwhile, was profoundly unruffled by his significantly larger adversary. “To be honest, I’m not really worried about that,” he said of the altercation after going for 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. “He knows that I’m not going to back down from it. I don’t see why I got the tech though, but it’s all good. They didn’t really tell me that, but it’s all good. I’m one of those guys that’s not going to back down from anything, so I’m going to let that be known.” Boston Herald

Told of Cousins’ objections, Smart said, “Man, it was a box-out. That’s his opinion. Everybody saw the play. Like I said, I’m not going to back down from anything. If that’s what he thinks, that’s what he thinks.” And the pick? “Once again, that’s what he thinks,” Smart said. “I’m just playing defense.” Boston Herald

December 31, 2014 Updates

With the Sacramento Kings already down 90-69 on the road against the Celtics, center DeMarcus Cousins let his frustration get the best of him. Six-foot-four guard Marcus Smart tried to box out Cousins and barged into the Kings star, and Cousins reacted by grabbing Smart’s jersey and hurling him to the floor. For The Win

December 27, 2014 Updates

"I admire the guy," Garnett said after Brooklyn's 109-107 win over Boston. "I admire the young guy (Smart) for ... how hard he plays. They brought him in here and Danny (Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations) knows talent; just a good hustle play. A little pat on the back, 'good play.' Nothing more, nothing less than that." CSNNE.com

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