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Marcus Smart calls out Celtics fans who don't like it when he shoots

Alex Reimer
June 12, 2018 - 10:41 am

Raise your hand if you ever groaned in agony while watching Marcus Smart launch an ill-advised three-point shot. 

According to the Celtics guard, that makes you a fake fan.

Smart opened up about his pending free agency in an interview with the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett. During one line of questioning, Smart called out those who want him to shoot less, saying they’re hypocritical. 

“And it’s funny, because those same people that yell when I shoot it are the same ones that are saying, ‘We need you,’” Smart told the Herald. “And then the next time I shoot, I guess they don’t need me. So, I mean, it is what it is.

“I know what I’m worth. This team knows what I’m worth. And people who really know basketball know the type of player I am. So I’m not really worried about those other guys who are fake fans or bandwagon fans or into the popularity game.”

Smart, 24, is set to be a restricted free agent this summer. Last month, fresh off a 1-for-10 shooting performance in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Smart declared he’s worth more than $12-14 million per year.

While Smart’s tenaciousness and defensive versatility make him an unique talent –– he spent portions of the ECF defending Kevin Love –– his lack of shooting prowess clouds his value. It’s difficult to pay a guard big money who shot 36.7 percent from the field last season or 22 percent from beyond the arc in the ECF. 

In a recent conversation with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Smart pointed to the torn ligament in his thumb as an explanation for some of his offensive struggles in the playoffs.  

As a restricted free agent, the Celtics can make Smart a qualifying offer of $6.1 million, while maintaining the flexibility to match offers made by other clubs. He averaged 10.2 points with 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 29.9 minutes per game last season. 

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