Marcus Smart: Boston Celtics ‘Playing Like Punks’

The Boston Celtics are off to a disappointing 9-9 start this season, and according to Marcus Smart, they’re “playing like punks.”

The C’s dropped their third in a row Wednesday night, a disheartening 117-109 loss to the visiting New York Knicks, and Smart says the team isn’t playing hard enough.

“There’s always the belief that we can be better,” added Smart.

Per the Boston Herald:

“It’s the same old song,” he said in a quiet, matter-of-fact tone. “You know, it gets annoying. I don’t even know what to say at this point. You’ve already done heard it. I’m tired of talking about it. I don’t know.”

With a .500 record 18 games into the season, Smart was in no mood for any more “it’s still early” talk.

“I am,” he said, “but we’ve got to stop sugarcoating things. That’s the problem. We’ve got to stop sugarcoating it. We’ve just got to call it what it is. We’re playing like punks; that’s just what it is.

“It’s not everybody. You’ve got guys out there that are playing and playing hard. That’s some, but we don’t have all five guys at the same time. So teams are going to continue to whup us.”

According to [head coach Brad] Stevens, the Celtics are not defending properly at the point of attack, and certainly it seems the Celts are trying to stick to a scheme rather than doing the attacking themselves. Smart doesn’t see room for differentiation.

“We’re not playing defense,” he said. “There’s no defense. There’s no defense. There’s no defense. Guys are getting where they want to get, when they want to get it, how they want to get it. I don’t know. I don’t know what to say to that.”

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