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Marcus Smart Hopes Celtics Fans Are 'Respectful' Of Kyrie Irving, Nets

Celtics guard Marcus Smart dribbles up the ball.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 14: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics celebrates during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at TD Garden on March 14, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Kings 126-120. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Ahead of Game 3 of the playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving shook things saying he hopedBoston Celtics fans wouldn't engage in "racism or subtle racism" during their upcoming games. Yesterday, Celtics guard Marcus Smart had a message for the fans.

Speaking to the media, Smart said he hopes that the fans will be "very respectful of all players" on Friday. He said he doesn't want to see a repeat of what happened at the most recent Philadelphia 76ers-Washington Wizards, New York Knicks-Atlanta Hawks, and Utah Jazz-Memphis Grizzlies games.

"We want our fan base and our crowd to be very respectful of all players," Smart said, via ESPN. "We're out here to perform and entertain for the crowd. We just wanted to be respectful on both ends. We were kind of seen around the league now with a couple other incidents with fans in the crowd. We don't want our crowd to be like that. We want everybody to be respectful on and off the court."

Marcus Smart has spoken out in the past about racist incidents at TD Bank Arena in Boston. In an article for The Players Tribune last year, he called it "sad and sickening" to see Celtics fans act that way towards opposing players.

Game 3 between the Nets and Celtics tonight will have a ton of implications.

The Nets own a 2-0 lead, making this a must-win game for Boston. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving will be playing his first game at TD Bank Arena in front of a full crowd since leaving Boston in 2019.

Needless to say, tensions are going to super-high, regardless of what happens on the court.

Let's just hope that the tension doesn't boil over into any harmful behavior from fans.