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Is Marcus Smart NBA's best defender? Isaiah Thomas, Kendrick Perkins think so

Is Marcus Smart NBA's best defender? Isaiah Thomas, Kendrick Perkins think so

If Marcus Smart is campaigning for NBA Defensive Player of the Year, he got a pair of big donations Wednesday night.

The Boston Celtics guard was all over the place against the Los Angeles Clippers, playing strong defense on All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Smart's effort caught the eye of former Celtics big man and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins, who dropped this endorsement late in the first half:

Smart saved his best work for overtime, though, completing an incredible steal-and-save on Leonard to give the Celtics an extra possession.

The C's couldn't capitalize on Smart's hustle and lost 107-104. But the 26-year-old guard earned a similar endorsement from another former Celtic in Isaiah Thomas.

We're sensing a trend here. Perkins' stance didn't change, either, as he credited Smart again for his work on Leonard, who finished with a relatively quiet 17 points and was a minus-2 on the night.

The NBA Defensive Player of Year award traditionally goes to big men -- Rudy Gobert and Draymond Green have won the last three awards -- and hasn't gone to a guard since Gary Payton in 1996.

But as NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg explained in his latest mailbag, the 6-foot-3 Smart is playing like a big man by locking up opposing power forwards and centers.

The Celtics only have played 14 games, and Smart still is a long shot to win DPOY. (He wasn't even listed on the preseason odds to win the award.) But the Celtics guard might be the people's choice.

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Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Enes Kanter remains on top of his TikTok game.

The Boston Celtics center took a break from eating marshmallows off a treadmill to share his hysterical impression of teammate Tacko Fall.

Watch his latest masterpiece below:


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That's about as accurate as it gets.

As much as it seems Kanter is making the most of quarantine life, he's itching to get back onto the court. He recently expressed concern about the NBA season potentially getting cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which especially would be crushing since the C's are in the mix for a title.

You can hear more from Kanter in the latest episode of "The Enes Kanter Show" below:

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

A virtual game of HORSE? The NBA certainly is trying to get creative amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a HORSE competition involving "several high-profile players," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The competitors would take shots from their home gyms and have to match those of other players. 

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Will one of those "high-profile players" be former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce? It's possible, and he wants in on the competition.

The 10-time All-Star actually could make a splash in the competition -- he shot 44.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc in his 19-year NBA career. 

If the 42-year-old ends up competing in the competition, the only thing going against him would be his age. However, if he's anything like Tom Brady then he'll be just fine. 

With the NBA season on pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a HORSE competition could be pretty fun to watch.