Celtics Blog 2018-

The New Celtics.

The Scrap-ah.

By Tom Mahoney

So what does it mean for Marcus? The player I always thought he could be, at his maximum upside, is Chauncey Billups. "Our priority remains the same," Ainge said, apparently without any BS a week or so ago. "Our priority is still Marcus in free agency, and that’s where we are." Now Chauncey was not a great three-point shooter (by any means;), when he was with the Celtics for that ill-fated season.

Chauncey made himself the best clutch 3-point shooter in the NBA after his rookie contract. I still think Marcus can do that. He is (about) the same age as Chauncey was when he signed after his rookie contract. But Marcus, Dude! You gotta dedicate your life to your 3-point shot. You already got the clutch. You already got the D. You already got the scrap. You already got the intangibles. Now you just need to up the percentage. 

Smart does not have to be as offensively dominate as Chauncey was to be as good as he was, because he is so great defensively. "The comments from Brad Stevens really helped," Marcus's youth camp director Boren said, about how Stevens called Marcus his best defensive player. "Coach Stevens holds a special place with Marcus. This was his first big contract year, and at the end of the day Marcus is very pleased." He has the ability to greatly improve his 3-point shooting, if he wants to be as good. 

The thing Smart needs to be doing now, more than anything else in the world is shoot Threes. "I’m just gonna be working on all aspects of my game," Smart said. "The uniqueness about me is I don’t do one thing perfectly or great. I do a little bit of everything. That’s what makes me so unique. I’m just trying to master a little bit of everything. If I could just get better a little bit each year? Then I did my job." No, when you can shoot clutch Threes like Chauncey is when you've done your job.

The easiest thing to do is improve the Jumper. Your jumper should improve like wine, with age. It is all just work and repetition. Chauncey shot 33% from Three in Boston, and a pathetic 39% from the floor. But he got his career average for Threes up to 38.7%. He went on to shot over 40% from Three in 5 seasons, with a high of 43.3% in the 2005-2006 season. That is what Marcus needs to do. He can run the offense if needs be. Though like Chauncey was, he is more of a Combo-Guard than a pure Point coming into the League. 

But like Chauncey, Smart has that clutch in him. He can hit the Three late in the 4th. Which is what made Chauncey a Champion, and not just a terrific PG. That is what Smart has to do, if he is smart (sorry;). Shoot the Three 100 hundred times every day. Then go in the gym at night and shoot a hundred Threes. Then turn off the lights, and do it again. Then go outside in the night, and do it again. Shooting Threes in the dark helps concentrate the eyes. 

No one is really a natural shooter. So-called natural shooters always talk about how they shot more threes at night than anyone could believe. Steph Always talks about how he used to go to the gym after hours, and just shoot all night long. He made himself a shooter, after dark. Jordan was not a great shooter, he has a great scorer. He made himself a great 3-point shooter, by shooting over and over, and talks about shooting outside all the time.

That is what it will take for Marcus to be a great NBA player, and not just a guy who does all the little things to help his team win. Can your hear me now Marcus. This contract is not the end. It is the beginning of greatness, if you want it to be. If you wanna be a great shooter, you gotta shoot while other guys are playing video games, watching their shows, and sleeping. 

To be a champion you gotta practice like a Champion. "We demonstrated the talent and ability we had to do that last year with a few missing pieces," Smart said. "With those missing pieces back in action, I think it really makes it hard for teams. I think we have a real shot." They have a shot at being Champions next season. 

Be A Citizen! Not a Subject! 

Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Fredo is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:

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The 1st Amendment to the Constitution is the greatest paragraph ever written by mankind. It is the truest diagram of how to ensure a free Country of citizens survives. But is is also a list of what to attack when you want to be a fascist dictator. President Jerkballs is attacking every article in the 1st Amendment. Beware subjects, or you will be subjugated:

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When we look back at all the insane decisions, it all makes sense now. Every destabilizing, anti-American, and down right mean and harmful decision he has made. It seemed every time there was a clear and easy decision that would help real Americans, he would do the opposite. OVER AND OVER AGAIN:

 

"Early evidence was the gutting of the GOP's anti-Russia stance on Ukraine during the 2016 Republican campaign platform. More recent was Trump's demand to make the G-7 seven G-8 again by readmitting Russia. There's been so much more in between: abrogating our role as a world leader by bailing out of both the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal; destroying our image as a beacon of hope for aspiring Americans, first by the Muslim travel ban and then through a policy to rip children away from their parents at the border; exploiting divisions among the U.S. populace by calling racist marchers "good people" and protesting NFL players an ugly expletive; exacerbating economic disparities by pushing massive tax cuts for the rich while cutting health care for the middle class; weakening citizen support for a free press and an independent justice system; insulting our friends and lavishing praise on despots; and perhaps worst of all, governing with lies and alternative facts to the point where we no longer know the truth or even value it."

 

It has all been there for us to see. That every decision he has made has been to destabilize, disrupt, and harm America. But the thought was so inconceivable. So while the Cowardly Congress, run by the most Craven of leaders, Mitch and Ryan, has abdicated their responsibilities to protect our free and imperative elections. Republicans, LITERALLY, all voted against increasing CYBER SECURITY to protect the 2018 elections. THAT IS TREASON AS WELL

 

OUR REPUBLIC IS DYING BY THE STRAGGLING TREASON OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY: THE NRA, THE EVIL AND FALSE RELIGIOUS RIGHT, AND FOX FAKE NEWS. 

 

THIS IS TREASON, NOT A SLIP OF THE TONGUE. HOW F-ING STUPID DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO PRETEND TO BELIEVE THAT HE MISSPOKE, WHILE WAS SUPPORTING WHAT HE SAID (NOT DIDN'T SAY) WITH THE ENTIRE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS?

 

"They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia," Trump said while standing next to the Russian president. "I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be. So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today."   

 

HE JUST SAID HE TRUSTS PUTIN OVER THE STATE DEPARTMENT, AND HAS BEEN SAYING THAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN FOR MONTHS.

 

Hey Trump, go pee in a hole!

 

BEWARE AMERICA! OUR DEMOCRACY IS DYING!

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