Marcus Smart talks battling through multiple injuries during run to the NBA Finals

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Boston Celtics defensive specialist Marcus Smart isn’t letting injuries stop him this postseason.

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“Man, my whole right side is a little banged up on my leg. I got the quad injury. I have the foot injury. And then I have the ankle injury. I’m not the only one, but it’s definitely been tough. But, my teammates just kept telling me, ‘We don’t care how hurt you is man. We need you. 65, 70 percent of you is better than none of you. So, give us everything you can. We’ll help you and pick up everything that we can that you can’t.’ That’s what I wanted to go out there and do.

“My ankle was hurting pretty bad tonight to the point where I came out I think in the first quarter to tighten up my ankle brace, and all I just remember is those guys just telling me, ‘Listen, forget about it, play through it. We need it, just keep it going.’ And that really stuck with me. It’s Game 7, I’ve been here four times and never got across the hump. For me it was, ‘I can’t let this happen again.’ And that’s what it came down to. So, I just wanted to go out there and make sure I left everything on the court.”

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