Here’s how Marcus Smart has fared on his birthday in the NBA

Here’s how Marcus Smart has fared on his birthday in the NBA originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Birthday week rolls on for the Boston Celtics.

After the team netted one of its best victories of the season on Thursday, Jayson Tatum’s 24th birthday, it’s Marcus Smart’s turn to celebrate Sunday as Boston welcomes in the Brooklyn Nets to the TD Garden.

Smart turns 28 on Sunday and will be playing on his birthday for the fifth time since the Celtics drafted him sixth overall in 2014. The C’s are 2-2 on March 6 since then, with a clear trend in how the games have gone: In the two games Smart has scored more than 20 points, Boston is 0-2, with losses to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2016 and Utah Jazz in 2020.

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But in the two games Smart has scored under 20 — he’s failed to crack 10 in either contest, in fact — Boston is 2-0, with wins over the New Orleans Pelicans in 2015 and Sacramento Kings in 2019.

Smart played on his birthday once in college at Oklahoma State, scoring 24 points in a loss to Iowa State on his 19th birthday in 2013.

With a birthday present already on Sunday in the news that Jaylen Brown will return to the lineup, hopefully Smart can have another great game as a facilitator for the C’s — just as he did for Tatum’s birthday the other night, when he matched a career-high with 12 assists as Tatum won on his birthday for the first time since high school.

The next birthday party for the Celtics isn’t until April 4, when Daniel Theis turns 30.


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