Skip to main content

Marcus Smart believes the Celtics would have beaten the Warriors in the 2018 Finals


For almost half a decade we had the same matchup in the Finals - Warriors versus Cavs. These teams triumphed in their conferences for four consecutive years and met at the final stage, with the Warriors winning three of those battles. Curry, KD, Klay, Draymond, and co. were just too much for LeBron, but could any other team in that period challenge the Warriors? Marcus Smart certainly thinks so.

The 2018 playoffs run

The Celtics entered the 2017-2018 season with high expectations due to their roster. Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward had a deep supporting cast with young guys like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, along with veterans like Horford, Smart, Rozier, Baynes, and Morris. But the injuries to Hayward and Irving really decimated Boston and their chances.

Still, the group that stayed healthy rallied around each other, going into the playoffs as the #2 seed. Boston would even up their game in the playoffs and push the LeBron-led Cavs to the brink of elimination in the Conference Finals, up 3-2. But the pressure got to them, and the veteran-studded Cleveland team bounced back, eliminating the Celtics.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

James was superior in that whole series, averaging 33.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, and 8.4 apg. On the other side, the future of the C's in Brown and Tatum emerged as the one-two punch that led the team, along with guys like Rozier, Horford, Morris, and Smart all stepping up their game. It was a true team effort that fell a bit short due to their lack of experience and star power.

Smart believes they would have beaten the Warriors

The heartbeat and emotional leader of the Celtics for years now, Marcus Smart has been a part of numerous Boston runs over the years, and he believes this was their best shot to go all the way. While appearing on JJ Redick's podcast, Smart touched on the 2018 team and shared how he felt they could have beaten Golden State:

"We definitely thought that we had a great chance. And to this day, we still thought if we went to the championship instead of LeBron [James] and those guys, we definitely would have beat Golden State that year."

Marcus Smart, ">The Old Man and the Three

The 2018 playoff Celtics team was a great, well-rounded team, but it's hard to imagine them beating the likes of Curry, Durant, Klay, and Draymond. Those were the Warriors at their peak, and even LeBron couldn't get close to beating them at that time. So for the Celtics and Smart to think they would have done any better is hard to believe. But you have to applaud Smart's confidence in his team. You can't compete with the best without that mentality, and with the recent rise of the Celtics, you could see them making some noise this year.


"Between practices I had to get tutoring in a separate room" - Dirk Nowitzki used to bring a tutor with him while traveling with Germany's junior national team

Dirk Nowitzki revealed that he had to bring a private tutor with him during his days with Germany's junior national team as he had to play and study at the same time.

Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson

"Are you willing to come back and be a coachable player?"-How Phil Jackson talked to Kobe Bryant before they reunited in 2006

The time Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson spent apart from each other made them realize that they needed each other to accomplish their goals.

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky outearns several NBA players

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky is closer to making a million each year than some NBA players on minimum contracts.


“I know he’s a great locker room guy!”- Ben Wallace believes Darvin Ham will do great things with the Lakers

Darvin Ham and Ben Wallace won a title together and their bond will forever remain tight.

Reggie Miller doing the choke sign

Reggie Miller on talking to New York Knicks fans: 'They love to come up and do the choke sign. They think it’s so cool'

Reggie Miller said most Knicks fans still hate him and they let him know about it by doing doing his iconic choke taunt in 1995.

Michael Jordan more popular than Al Gore, Chelsea Clinton: Sesame Street poll

"I couldn’t do anything!" - Michael Jordan once named the only player he couldn't dominate

Michael Jordan loved the competition and he often dominated his rivals. But shockingly, he wasn't able to do so against one player.

The first time Larry Bird and Magic Johnson matched up in the NBA

Larry Bird pointed out his similarities with Magic Johnson: 'We were winners, there was no question about that'

Larry Bird talked about what he thinks were his similarities with his ultimate rival Magic Johnson.