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Former OSU Star Back in Oklahoma to Battle Thunder

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Former Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart will play his first NBA game in the state of Oklahoma on Wednesday night, March 18, as he and the Boston Celtics meet the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7:00 at Chesapeake Arena.

Smart has had a solid rookie season for the Celtics, although he's had to overcome an early season ankle injury.

Smart spoke with the media on Wednesday morning at the Celtics shoot-around, and said the toughest adjustment to playing in the NBA has been the constant travel.

Smart said he went to Stillwater on Tuesday night to visit his former teammates with the Cowboys and told them they owe Oregon one for a loss to the Ducks in the NCAA Tournament two years ago.

Smart also said he's looking forward to battling Thunder guard Russell Westbrook when the Celtics face the Thunder.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been pleased with Smart's progress, and feels he's developing well as a leader at the point guard spot.

He's been very impressed with Smart's defensive abilities, and says they are rare for a player that  young.