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Celtics Talk Podcast: Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown on Marcus Smart's importance to C's

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown on Marcus Smart's importance to C's

This Wednesday is Marcus Smart Day here at NBC Sports Boston. Be sure to check out our exclusive content around Smart throughout the day, both online and on the broadcast of Spurs-Celtics.

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Those same, familiar words usually emerge when Celtics teammates talk about Marcus Smart.

Energy. Passion. Toughness.

In separate interviews on the newest Celtics Talk Podcast, Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown lean heavy on those words when discussing the longest-tenured Celtic, now in his sixth season.

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Walker: "He is the pride and joy. We go as he goes. He brings energy, passion. toughness. He means a ton...He gets us going. Gets the crowd going. We just feed off him." 

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Brown: "Stuff that Marcus brings to the table not a lot of people have. That heart, that grit, that fire, that passion. We got a lot of 'cool' guys, kinda laid-back and Marcus is the opposite. Marcus is a hit-first type of guy, my type of guy."

When asked to recall his favorite of Smart's so-called "winning plays," Brown didn't hesitate. It was a year ago in Miami when the 6-4 guard met the Heat's 6-9 Bam Adebayo at the rim.

"One of their most athletic players, Bam Adebayo, goes up to dunk one on top of Smart. And Smart meets him upstairs, and it's the cleanest block I've ever seen," recalled Brown of the play last January. "It was a great example of elite athleticism. I wasn't expecting Marcus to come out victorious in that situation, and he did. Like most people in that situation wouldn't jump. Like, the dude's name is Bam. Who's gonna jump with a dude named Bam? Marcus went up top with him and came out on top."

Here's a look at the play, via YouTube:

This edition of the pod with Chris Forsberg and NBC Sports Boston Celtics producer Max Lederman also includes a look back at the Celtics' loss to the Wizards and ahead to the showdown with the 76ers in Philladelphia on Thursday.  

Don't miss Marcus Smart Day and NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Spurs, which tips off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike and Tommy have the call at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Carmelo Anthony gushes about Jayson Tatum, swaps jerseys with Celtics star

Carmelo Anthony gushes about Jayson Tatum, swaps jerseys with Celtics star

Here's another perk of Jayson Tatum's ascent to stardom: He's earning the admiration of the players he once idolized.

On Sunday, it was Lakers superstar LeBron James, who called Tatum an "absolute problem" after the Boston Celtics forward dropped 41 points on Los Angeles.

On Tuesday, it was another 2003 NBA Draft alum in Carmelo Anthony, who swapped jerseys with Tatum after the 21-year-old exploded for 36 points in Boston's 118-106 win in Portland.

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"Oh man, Melo is, besides Kobe (Bryant), probably one of my top three favorite players," Tatum after the jersey swap, via NBC Sports Northwest's Jamie Hudson. "I studied him so much growing up and I’m one of his biggest fans. ... I really looked up to him."

Tatum, who was five years old when Anthony entered the league, spent time with the 10-time All-Star this summer at a Jordan Brand event in Paris.

Anthony was a fan of Tatum then. Needless to say, he's become an even bigger fan after watching the third-year forward morph into an elite player.

"He's like a little brother to me," Anthony said. "I love him. He’s a guy that’s establishing himself, as we’re all witnessing, all watching. I mean, I love his game, I love watching him play.

"I was able to have some one-on-one time with him, get a chance to know him better as a person first, but his game speaks for itself and it’ll continue to blossom."

The 35-year-old also seemed pleased Tatum held him in such high regard after seeking him out for a jersey swap.

"It makes me kind of appreciate what I do," Anthony said. "For guys to acknowledge that and see that and watch that and want to learn from that, for me, that’s what it’s all about."

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Celtics-Trail Blazers Takeaways: Tatum has 36 for an encore; C's roll in Portland

Celtics-Trail Blazers Takeaways: Tatum has 36 for an encore; C's roll in Portland

Jayson Tatum had the best game of his life in Los Angeles, dropping 41 on LeBron & Co. 

His encore performance in Portland was just as impressive, as Boston's All-Star delivered yet another brilliant scoring effort to lead the Celtics to a 118-106 win. 

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Tatum finished with 36 points against the Blazers, mixing in yet another array of dribble-drive baskets, 3-pointers (he had a career-high eight 3’s) and finishes at the rim. 

This was actually a better performance for Tatum because of the game’s outcome. 

The Celtics, playing without Kemba Walker (knee) for the third game in a row, got contributions from several players in addition to Tatum. 

Still, this game was yet another one where Tatum was again the best player on the floor. 

KILLER 3’S

The Celtics were looking for the 3-point shot early and often, and considering who they were playing…you can understand why. 

Boston has been a top-10 team from 3-point range most of this season, while the Blazers have been among the NBA’s worst teams when it comes to defending the 3. 

Portland came in allowing 13 made 3's per game, a total that the Celtics reached after just three quarters of play. 

Boston finished with a season-high 19 made 3-pointers.

This was another game in which the Celtics faced an opponent with a clear weakness and to their credit, they took full advantage. 

JAYLEN BROWN

Boston began to put some distance between itself and Portland in the second quarter and Brown’s play had a lot to do with it. 

He would finish with 24 points, 12 of which came in the second quarter, which ended with the Celtics leading, 56-48.

Following the loss to the Lakers on Sunday, Brown talked about how Tatum had elevated his play to another level, and the rest of the Celtics - himself included - had to step up as well. 

Tuesday was a strong step in that direction, for sure. 

BRAD WANAMAKER

It has been a rough few games for Wanamaker, who came into Tuesday 3-for-14 (21.4 percent) from the field in his past two games. 

Wanamaker was much better on Tuesday, scoring 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field. 

But more than the scoring, Wanamaker played with more poise and was among the keys to Boston getting the win. 

If you’re the Celtics, you’re hoping the backup guard will build off his solid performance especially with Walker missing the past three games and no clear indication when exactly will he will be back. 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Jazz, which begins Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.