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Every year, Marcus Smart hears it all. Whether it’s at the trade deadline or in the offseason, the Boston Celtics veteran point guard always hears his name come up in trade talk.

While he previously said he’s used to all the chatter, he recently spoke about the recent claims that the team needs a “true” point guard. Smart made his feelings known on the subject by responding to his critics.

Marcus Smart said he still loses sleep over what happened to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals

Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 16, 2022, in Boston, Massachusetts. | Elsa/Getty Images.

The Celtics had the toughest test of any team during the NBA postseason. After facing the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, Boston faced the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks and the top-seeded Miami Heat. After winning those series in seven games, the Celtics squared off against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

The schedule was grueling, but the Celtics survived the Eastern Conference. They fell to the Warriors in six games, despite stealing Game 1 on the road.

Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe caught up with Smart, who was conducting his basketball camp Tuesday. Smart admitted he still loses sleep over the loss in the championship round. He also admitted the Celtics may have run out of gas in the series.

“I have moments where it’s late at night, and I can’t sleep, and all of a sudden I’m thinking about those games and what we could’ve done differently,” Smart said.

Smart fires back at his critics

Smart talked about the ankle injury he suffered in Game 3 against the Heat. He also talked about Robert Williams playing injured. There was a lot running through his mind.

“And I wish we didn’t run out of gas,” Smart said. “Obviously, those series we went through to get to the Finals were so brutal. But I wouldn’t change a thing about it. You hate to find your lessons in defeat, but sometimes you have to see rain before a rainbow.”

Smart also had a message for those critics who say the Celtics need a “true” point guard.

“I think I proved a little bit everything. I hear the talks about ‘He’s not a true point guard’ and this and that. ‘They need a star point guard.’ We’ve had star point guards, and yet this so-called non-point guard is the only one that’s led them to the Finals.

Marcus Smart

“I think that right there says enough, and I don’t really need to say too much more. I think everybody sees and understands, finally, the person I really am, and what I can do given the opportunity.”

Smart is the heart and soul of the Celtics, and that means a whole lot more than being a “true” point guard.

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Marcus Smart Proves His Worth to the Celtics Without Stepping on the Court