NBA Cowboy Call-Ups: Smart suffers heartbreak

Nhan Doan

Sports Blogger



Marcus Smart, guard, Boston Celtics

(Jackson Lavarnway, O'Colly)
(Jackson Lavarnway, O’Colly)

Marcus Smart was left heartbroken after a dramatic ending at Chicago on Thursday.

With 31 seconds left and the Celtics up by one, Smart stole the ball from Jimmy Butler only for his teammate Isiah Thomas to miss a 3-pointer. Smart was then called for a questionable shooting foul on Butler with 0.9 seconds left. Butler converted both free-throw attempts to win the game for the Bulls.

It wasn’t a perfect ending after a good week for Smart, who scored 19 against Dallas and 21 against Philadelphia on a respectable 13-for-22 shooting. Averaging 10.4 points per game, Smart is on pace to record his first double-digit scoring season.

Smart made a trip to Stillwater on Saturday to watch Oklahoma State sweep Bedlam from courtside seats. He received a standing ovation from a sold-out Gallagher-Iba Arena when he was introduced.


Tony Allen, guard, Memphis Grizzlies

Tony Allen had a disappointing game against New Orleans, the only game he played during the week. Allen, a 12-year veteran, had zero points, three rebounds, one assist and three turnovers while allowing Solomon Hill to score a season-high 23 points.

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