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What To Expect From Marcus Smart When He Returns To Celtics Lineup: Intensity

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BOSTON – Marcus Smart is set to return to the Celtics lineup Thursday night when Boston tips off the second half of the season, and that’s swell news for a team that has had some serious issues on the defensive end.

The Celtics was struggling on defense before Smart went down with a brutal calf injury back on Jan. 30, but the team’s play slipped even more with their defensive leader sidelined. For a Celtics team that has been allowing opposing players to score 30 points with relative ease, something that occurred in 21 of the team’s first 36 games, a little more vigor on the defensive end will go a long way. The team won four straight ahead of the All-Star break to instill some confidence that the can morph back into the Celtics we’ve seen over the last few years, but their defense still left a lot to be desired during that win streak.

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