Marcus Smart
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Boston Celtics have a real chance of winning the NBA this season, says point guard Marcus Smart. According to him, the team was good for a couple of years now but this year the sense is different.

It is becoming evident for other teams too that the Celtics are contenders, Smart told Tom Westerholm of MASS LIVE:

“(Other teams were) potential contenders, but not as much of a contender as this team is,” Smart told MassLive on Wednesday. “I’ve had some where we thought, ‘Maybe we can go.’ That run that we had with Isaiah Thomas, we thought we were a pretty good team, even the two years ago team where we made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but this year is just a different feeling. We really got that sense of ‘We really, really, really, really have a chance this year,’ and it’s very evident to us. I think it’s starting to be evident to people around the league, and it’s evident to fans around the league.”

Boston is currently third in the Eastern Conference (39-16), trailing behind Milwaukee (48-8) and Toronto (41-15). They will be taking on the Lakers next.