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Marcus Smart wins NBA's Hustle Award

Marcus Smart wins NBA's Hustle Award

On a night where the Celtics weren't up for many 2018-19 NBA awards, Marcus Smart took home a prize that would have made Red Auerbach smile. 

Smart won the NBA's Hustle Award, which couldn't have been a better way to recognize his play last season and over his entire career with the Celtics. He was also named to the NBA's First All-Defensive team for the first time, and it'd be surprising if it was the last. 

Smart had the best all-around year of his career in 2018-19. After signing a four-year contract to stay with the team that drafted him sixth overall in 2014, he shot a career-high 36.4 percent from three to go along with his consistently superb defensive output.

On a team that lacked the heart and will to win in the face of adversity, Smart represented the kind of wherewithal Celtics fans hoped the rest of the roster would show night in and night out. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, and it contributed to the team's ultimate demise in the second round against the Bucks. 

The Celtics came up empty handed in the marquee awards Monday night. Al Horford came in third place in the NBA's Sportsmanship Award voting. 

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter, Danny Ainge and Wyc Grousbeck

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter, Danny Ainge and Wyc Grousbeck

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0:56 - Draper, Blakely, and Forsberg discuss the optimism surrounding the team and the acquisition of Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter.

2:28 - How much more likable is the year’s Celtics team?

4:30 - Where do the Celtics sit in the Eastern Conference now that these deals are said and done?

6:34 - What stood out the most from the introductory press conference?

7:52 - Kemba Walker 1-on-1

15:21 - Danny Ainge 1-on-1

22:55 - Enes Kanter 1-on-1

33:23 - Wyc Grousbeck interview

38:56 - How will the offense have to change with Kemba at the helm?

41:17 -Danny Ainge said that he had a feeling Kyrie was gone around March/April

41:17 -How entertaining will Kanter be this season?

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Check out Kemba Walker wearing No. 8 green Celtics jersey for first time

Check out Kemba Walker wearing No. 8 green Celtics jersey for first time

Kemba Walker wearing a green Boston Celtics jersey seemed quite unlikely just a few months ago, but it's now the reality for the historic franchise.

The star point guard -- who was officially introduced Wednedesday during a press conference at the Auerbach Center -- looks pretty good in Celtic green, and the proof is in the photos below.

Walker signed a four-year, $141 million max contract with the Celtics in NBA free agency. He will replace Kyrie Irving as Boston's starting point guard, primary scorer and leader.

The UConn product chose to wear No. 8 because many other numbers are retired in Boston and his birthday is May 8. He also talked to former Celtics star Antoine Walker and received his blessing to wear No. 8.

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