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Celtics teammates have given Marcus Smart an awesome new nickname

Celtics teammates have given Marcus Smart an awesome new nickname

Marcus Smart plays basketball with a reckless abandon, throwing his body anywhere and everywhere to make a play. He'll take charges, he'll defend much bigger players, and he'll dive for any loose ball.

Yet despite all those hits, he keeps coming back for more. It's something his teammates love, and now it's earned him a brand new nickname.

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He dropped this priceless nugget before the Celtics' game against the Hornets Tuesday, when Amanda Pflugrad asked a question that Smart had submitted prior to the one-on-one: What superpower would he like to possess?

"I would want to be Superman, just for the simple fact like he's unstoppable," Smart said. "But I'm going to have to go with my superhero is Wolverine because in here, they actually call me Wolverine because the way that my body is able to adapt and adjust to the injuries, come back earlier than normal, and heal very quickly. 

"The injuries that they see are just bizarre and they're like, 'You should be out for awhile,' and then all of a sudden they're like, 'Yo, how are you healing this fast?' "

Smart recently missed eight games with an oblique injury followed by a frightening case of viral conjunctivitis, but the Wolverine comparison isn't too far off.

Maybe there really is something mutant-like about Smart's healing factor — and his bones might really be made of Adamantium.

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2020 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: No clear-cut choice at No. 1

2020 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: No clear-cut choice at No. 1

BOSTON -- With about six weeks of NBA games left to play, there’s a heightened level of uncertainty as to who will be the No. 1 overall pick. 

There is no Zion Williamson in this year’s draft; that is, a player who would be the top pick regardless of who is on the clock. 

This is a draft where the top picks are going to address specific team needs as opposed to most drafts where the value of the early selections is how they enhance a team's overall talent. 

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And just like there’s no clear-cut No. 1 pick, there’s going to be quite a bit of jockeying among NBA teams as far as who will have the best shot at landing one of the top picks. 

That said, here’s the current draft order based on records and the player those respective teams are likely to select. 

Click here for A. Sherrod Blakely's 2020 Mock NBA Draft 3.0.

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How Tremont Waters fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Lakeland Magic

How Tremont Waters fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Lakeland Magic

With Tacko Fall out due to a toe injury, Tremont Waters was the center of attention for the Maine Red Claws on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for Maine, Waters was unable to propel them to victory as they fell to the Lakeland Magic, 106-103.

It was a rather inefficient day for Waters, as the Boston Celtics rookie had 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting to go along with 11 turnovers.

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He did provide a few nice highlights, though, which you can watch below:

With Waters struggling, it was Bryce Brown leading the way for the Red Claws with 27 points and 5 rebounds.

Waters and the Red Claws will look to bounce back Saturday at 7 p.m. with a home matchup against the Erie Bayhawks.

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