Marcus Smart’s phone was buzzing as he looked down: “Mama.” He had a good idea why she was calling.
It was late, but his 63-year-old mother, Camellia, nfl jerseys from china has been staying up back in Texas to watch his game, even as she battles a recent cancer diagnosis.
“She calls me and she yells at me. She tells me to calm my ‘so-and-so’ down,” Smart said.
Earlier that night, Smart had angrily stomped in the direction of Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons after a flare-up between the two in the final moments of Boston’s Game 1 triumph.
“She tells me breathe and keep going and know that’s what people are going to try to do, get in my head, and force me to do those type of things, Smart said.
“Just keep my cool.”
Smart smiles as he recounts what has become familiar advice from his mother, because he now sees the bigger picture: It’s good to be playing basketball; it’s good to be talking to Mama.
The past three months have put it all into perspective for Smart. He missed the final 11 games before the All-Star break after punching a glass picture frame out of frustration in a hotel room in Los Angeles. Doctors told him to play the lottery because he came inches away from shredding a tendon that could have ended his season.
“I think it all starts with his competitiveness,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. official nfl jerseys cheap “He has the ability to make plays that nobody else makes. Like, whether it’s ripping the ball out of somebody’s hands, or the [offensive rebound] he made against [Sixers 7-footer Joel] Embiid where he laid it in and got fouled [in Game 1]. We have a number of clips over the years of him rebounding over the top in traffic where no guard can get that ball.
“He brings a contagious element to our team that you can try all you want to quantify it, but other than winning and losing, you can’t quantify it.”