Kemba Walker says Marcus Smart is the defensive player of the year

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Marcus Smart’s hard work on the court was praised by Kemba Walker. With just under 13 seconds left in the game, Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a chance to tie the game up. However, Smart wasn’t planning on letting that happen though, and the sixth-year guard stripped Gilgeous-Alexander and would pass to Celtics teammate Kemba Walker to seal the win. Final score: Oklahoma City Thunder 111-112 Boston Celtics. The Celtics have now extended their winning streak to 7 games and have won 10 of their last 11.

“That’s what he’s there for, man. He brings a different type of energy to our ball club. We love him out there. Defensive Player of the Year, no question. With players like that, there’s not many players making plays like that in clutch situations,”