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Marcus Smart after a hard-fought victory against the Detroit Pistons - "They can catch you slipping"

Smart shared his respect for the Pistons saying they can beat anyone in the NBA when certain things fall in line for them
Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

Boston Celtics had some key players out of their roster before facing the Pistons last night. Jaylen Brown was one of the biggest names who was bound to miss the game.

Marcus Smart was interviewed post-game and asked about his thoughts on facing a young Pistons lineup. And while shrugging his shoulders, he exclaimed: 'when you got a team that played as hard as them, they can catch you slipping on a night.' Smart basically said that no matter how much a team has been struggling recently, they can still pack a punch to knock out the best of the best.

What do teams like the Pistons offer to the league?

Smart admitted that the Celtics were short-handed but rode to the finish line because of their roster's talent. There is always an opportunity for development and improvement for a young team like the Detroit Pistons, but their tendency to physically pressure teams will keep them a challenge for their rivals.

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