The campaign for Marcus Smart to be named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year has added another endorsement.
Following a 110-88 road win over the Golden State Warriors, Jayson Tatum crashed Smart's postgame interview with NBC Sports Boston's Abby Chin to make the case for his teammate, who is stumping for an award not won by a point guard in more than a quarter century.
"This is the Defensive Player of the Year," Tatum said. "I know it's been big men lately, but they gotta go back to the guards."
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Smart, a twice a member of the NBA All-Defensive Team, made his own case for DPOY over the weekend.
"I think my game speaks for itself," Smart said then. "You put me out there in front of anybody, I promise it's gonna be a battle and I promise they don't want to see me in front of them."
A point guard hasn't won Defensive Player of the Year since Gary Payton did it for the Seattle SuperSonics in 1995-96.