While he was a kid gravitating to the bright lights, Clarke remained humble and grateful through it all. He seemed incapable of being anything but happy and engaging. He truly lived life carefree, never phased by whatever hurdles were crossing his path. He was so confident in his gifts and the person he was that he didn’t need to be anything else to get where he wanted in life.
May 9, 2021 | 8:34 pm EDT Update
Duane Rankin: Frank Vogel said although it “looks unlikely” that #Lakers will reach top six to avoid play-in tournament, but is looking to give themselves “a chance” to do it. Losing to #Suns tonight certainly won’t help their cause. Talon Horton-Tucker (calf) game-time decision.
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel says Alex Caruso will play even though his foot is sore. Praises a “gritty, gutty effort” against Portland guarding Damian Lillard and scoring a season high 18 points, says he was “exceptional” against Portland.
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel said the Lakers are hopeful that Dennis Schröder can return for the final two games and that he’s “engaged” even though he’s limited in what he can do for his conditioning in the COVID-19 protocols.
Jason Anderson: Harrison Barnes (adductor) will not play tonight. Buddy Hield (ankle) will be a game-time decision. Chimezie Metu (back) will play. Hassan Whiteside is out due to health and safety protocols.
Tommy Heinsohn took a special liking to Marcus Smart when the 20-year-old Texas native first arrived in Boston in the fall of 2014. The legendary Celtics player/coach/broadcaster loved Smart’s grit and hustle, and he saw in the young guard the same selfless pride that he himself had possessed for more than half of a century: Celtics Pride. It was only fitting that Smart – the heart and soul of the current Celtics roster – would win the inaugural “Tommy Award” as a part of Tommy Heinsohn Day at TD Garden.
“He’s the true definition of being a Celtic, and I think that goes without being said,” Smart said of Heinsohn. “And to be able to wear that patch and to honor him is an honor in itself, and I’m grateful to be able to have that opportunity to honor him.”