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Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart says coronavirus didn’t affect him, calls Jaylen Brown & Jayson Tatum’s ceiling ‘the moon’

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 6/29/2020 By Tom Westerholm, masslive.com

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart held an extensive (and entertaining) Twitter Q&A on Sunday evening with fans, in which he talked about what he has been doing to stay in shape and how he evaluates some of his young teammates, and he even gave his answers some of life’s thorniest questions like “What came first, the chicken or the egg?”

(Smart’s answer: The pig, obviously.)

Other top-notch answers included the moment he knew he could make something out of himself as a basketball player (”In the first trimester of pregnancy”) and some general trash talk to fans who offered to play him 1-on-1.

Smart also pretended not to know where Vermont is (”do I need a passport to get there?”).

Several more serious questions were offered up as well, including one about Smart’s coronavirus diagnosis in March. Smart -- the only Celtic to go public with a positive test result -- said he fully recovered back in March. On Sunday, someone asked him how he was feeling these days.

“Never was any effect,” Smart responded.

The Celtics, who need Smart at the top of his game to make a deep run in Orlando, will be glad to see that. Smart’s ability to guard essentially every position -- a talent he referenced multiple times during his Twitter Q&A -- makes him indispensable, especially as Boston plans for a potential matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Smart probably can’t guard Giannis Antetokounmpo for an entire series, but he has shown he can make the Bucks’ superstar’s life difficult for stretches.

Smart was also asked several questions about his teammates. One fan asked why the Celtics are carried by Daniel Theis (Smart’s answer: “He’s the GOAT”), another queried whether Jayson Tatum can be the best player in the league (Smart believes he can), and another asked what the ceiling for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown might be.

Smart’s answer to the latter: “The moon.”

Finally, we have to note Smart roasting former MassLive beat writer Jay King for going to bed before the Q&A began.

The man wasn’t wrong.

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