Marcus Smart, one of the first NBA players who were tested positive on COVID-19, was cleared off virus yesterday.
Smart Reveals Good News
The Boston Celtics shooting guard announced the news on his Twitter account late Sunday evening, saying that the Massachusets Department of Health cleared his status. The tests on COVID-19 he did recently came back negative and the Celtics guard is now a completely healthy person.
Apart from this, Smart used this chance to thank all those who supported and helped him fight through adversity during his personal battle.
The No.6 pick at the 2014 draft is one of the first players who came forward and publicly revealed his COVID-19 infection. It is still unknown how he caught the virus, but many believe that it might be during the game against the Utah Jazz played on March 7.
Just four days later, the league was suspended after Rudy Gobert became the first player who tested positive on COVID-19. Shortly after, another Jazzer, Donovan Mitchell, was also positive. In the moment of the suspension, the Celtics were on the road in Milwaukee, getting ready to meet Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Bucks, but that match was canceled.
The team flew back to Boston, and all the players had to be tested, proceeding to self-isolation. Eventually, Smart was the only positive on the virus.
Positive Influence From Quarantine
Brad Stevens, Celtics’ head coach, was thrilled with the way Smart coped with his current situation. He mentioned recently that the player was always positive when they talked, trying not to think about the circumstances surrounding him.
“Great spirits. Joking as always,” Stevens said.
Smart was also attempting to explain to all of his followers on social networks, the value of social distancing and responsible behavior in the current situation. According to Stevens, it made him proud as a coach.
The Celtics are currently third on the Eastern Conference standings. Brad Stevens’ team is three wins away from the reigning NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors and 9.5 games behind the best team in the NBA the Milwaukee Bucks.
Smart started in 39 matches, and appeared in 53. The 26-year old guard posted 13.5 points per event, 4.8 assists, and 3.8 rebounds, but also had 1.6 steals. Without a doubt, he is the best defender in Boston’s team and the guy who does all the dirty work.
It is no wonder that he reached the 2019 NBA All-Defensive First Team, and was on the way to repeat that achievement in this season also. He is currently in the second year of a four-year deal he signed with the Celts last season, worth $52 million. According to the majority of experts, Smart, Brown, and Tatum are the core of Steven’s team and they should be the most important pieces of the team who will attack the NBA title pretty soon.
During the past summer, he was a part of the USA national team that played in China at the FIBA World Cup. Although being one of the best players, alongside other Celtics’ teammates, Tatum and Kemba Walker, he couldn’t help the team win the medal. Eventually, Gregg Popovich’s guys finished sixth.