For the first time since 1995-96, a guard has won NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and that guard's name is Marcus Smart!!!
Coming off the heels of an emotional and hard-fought win in Game 1 of what could be an Eastern Conference Finals, given the rosters, the Boston Celtics get another boost as the heart and soul of the team, Marcus Smart just won Defensive Player of the Year.
Marcus is the first Celtic to win the award since 2007-08, when PF Kevin Garnett took home the hardware. We all know how that season ended...
This felt like another Championship blu-ray moment to me. It was incredible seeing Celtics Legend Gary Payton (the last guard to win DPOY) give Marcus the award and how the team reacted. These are not your October-December 2021 Boston Celtics; there's chemistry! But I'd be lying if I said the water on the hardwood didn't worry me. We don't need any more torn meniscusi!
You know the Garden crowd is gonna go crazy giving Marcus the love he deserves after taking home some hardware. But if you ask NBA analyst/poopy-pants haver Nate Duncan it was NOT well deserved.
The Celtics still have 15 more games to win, but as my future co-worker, Big Cat says, you gotta enjoy the ride, and over the last 26ish hours, the Celtics have certainly done that. Man, I can't wait for Game 2 (and not just because it falls on 4/20).
This team is full of LOVE!!!
I'd have to fire myself if I didn't mention my Marcus Smart story.