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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.
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."
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."
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.