Marcus Smart on what it takes to be a great defender

It’s no coincidence that Marcus Smart was voted Defensive Player of the Year this season. The Boston Celtics star is without a doubt one of the best defensemen in the NBA today. He’s worked extremely hard to get to where he is now and he has some advice for anyone who wants to follow the same path he did.

Ahead of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Smart spoke about the mentality it takes to be an elite defenseman in the NBA:

“The mentality is you have to keep going,” the Celtics guard said about NBA on twitter. “Never give up. You can’t take breaks. You have to go to the limit. You play against some of the biggest players. You must have a hot engine. You have to keep going.”

Smart then went on to share the mantra he has lived by throughout his career. This has clearly taken the Celtics star to new heights:

“For me, I just keep telling myself, ‘No matter how hurt you are, no matter how tired you are, you have to keep going.’ That’s the mentality you have to have to be a really good defender, let alone a great one,” Smart said.

The Celtics will need every ounce of Marcus Smarts’ defensive skills – and more – to beat the mighty Warriors in the Finals. This has now become a best-of-3 series and Smart and company will face their toughest test of the series yet when they take on the Dubs on their own home pitch in Game 5.

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