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Smart's stylish opening night outfit honors late mom

Smart's stylish opening night outfit honors late mom

By now, you've probably seen the outfit Celtics star Marcus Smart arrived at TD Garden in last night in, as Boston got ready to take on the Philadelphia 76ers for their 2018-19 season-opener:

And as it turns out, there's a very pointed reason for his choice of clothing last night. As The Athletic's Jay King writes, the get-up was a tribute to his late mother Camellia, who passed away on that very day a month prior from cancer. She always treated him like royalty -- and as such, kings recognize kings.

"It’s a special day,” Smart told King. “It’s the one-month anniversary of my mom’s passing. She always called me her little king so I had to dress like one.”

Smart has been open about his mother's death, and what an instrumental force she's been in his life. Last month, after she passed, he left this emotional, tear-inducing statement on Twitter:

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Marcus Smart explains why he deserves Defensive Player of the Year recognition

Marcus Smart explains why he deserves Defensive Player of the Year recognition

Marcus Smart isn't one to mince words, and that was the case again on Friday when asked about whether he should be considered an NBA Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

Smart caught up with NBC Sports Boston's Kyle Draper before Friday night's Celtics-Nuggets matchup and explained why he deserves to be in the DPOY conversation.

"I mean, think about it. How many guards are doing what I'm doing guarding 1 through 5? How many bigs are guarding 1s the way I'm guarding 5s? Like I said, I'm on another level right now and I think my play speaks for itself."

Watch the full exchange below:

Combine those comments with Smart's shots at Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, and it's clear he isn't messing around.

Through the first 14 games of the 2019-20 campaign, it's hard to argue with the Celtics' spark plug. Smart has always been exceptional defensively, but he's absolutely taken it to another level early on in the season with a team that lacks frontcourt depth.

There's a lot of basketball left to be played, of course, so we'll just have to see whether Smart can sustain this level of excellence from now until June.

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Kemba Walker stretchered off after suffering injury in Celtics game vs. Nuggets

Kemba Walker stretchered off after suffering injury in Celtics game vs. Nuggets

DENVER — Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker appeared to suffer a serious neck injury after a scary collision with teammate Semi Ojeleye late in the first half of Friday’s game against the Denver Nugget.

Walker had his head down as he chased a rebound and appeared to hit Ojeleye’s stomach as the forward started moving the opposite way up the court. Walker immediately fell to the ground and rolled on his left side as trainers rushed to check on him.

Here's a look at the play courtesy of the Celtics on NBC Sports Boston Twitter account.

The game was delayed more than six minutes as medical personnel immobilized Walker, moved him to a stretcher, and took him from the court. Concerned Celtics teammates gathered around Walker as he was being tended to and the Pepsi Center went eerily quiet.

The Celtics did not immediately offer an injury update on Walker.

We'll have more updates on this breaking news story as they become available.

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