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Marcus Smart is in the midst of the best defensive season of his career and the best defensive year for a guard this century. He was rightfully rewarded with the 2021-22 Kia Defensive Player of the Year award, which made him the first guard to win the award since Gary Payton in 1996.

Smart deserved the honor more than the other contenders. I’m not debating that. But what if I told you (ESPN 30 for 30 voice), he’s not even the best defensive player on the Boston Celtics?

Marcus Smart is a deserving Defensive Player of the Year winner

Robert Williams helps up Marcus Smart.
Robert Williams of the Boston Celtics helps Marcus Smart off the ground during a game against the Atlanta Hawks | Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images

In a season without a dominant defensive big man, Smart took advantage of the opening and dove on the ground (like he does every night) for the Defensive Player of the Year trophy. The Celtics point guard finished the regular season sixth in the league in steals (119), fourth in loose balls recovered (75), tied for 10th in both deflections (206) and charges drawn (16), and ninth in defensive win shares (3.7).

Outside of the raw stats, though, Smart locked up the opposing team’s best player on a night-to-night basis, and his effort plays down the stretch of games often times made the difference between wins and losses.

Smart finished with 257 points (37 first-place votes) in DPOY voting, which edged out Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges and his 202 points (22 first-place votes) for the award. Even though he was named the best defensive player in the NBA this season, there’s a more impactful defender on Boston’s roster.

Robert Williams, not Marcus Smart, is the best defender on the Celtics

Smart was incredible defensively for the Celtics in the regular season, and he was a huge reason why Boston finished with the best defensive rating in the league (106.2). But he’s lucky Robert Williams missed 21 games this year, because he’s the true best defender on this Celtics roster.

With Williams on the court in the regular season, Boston went 40-21 while allowing 103.2 points per game. Without him, the Celtics went 11-10 and gave up 108.3 points per game. Comparatively, Boston allowed 104 points per game with Smart on the court and 107.6 with him off. Here’s how Williams and Smart matched up in defensive metrics this season:

Metric Robert Williams Marcus Smart
Steals per game 0.9 1.7
Blocks per game 2.2 0.3
Defensive rating 102 107
Defensive win shares 3.9 3.7
Defensive box plus/minus 3.1 1.7

Williams asserted his dominance on the defensive end in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. He held Bam Adebayo, who crushed the Williams-less Celtics for 31 points on 15-of-22 shooting in Game 3, to just nine points on 3-of-5 shooting in Game 4. The Heat finished with a series-low 82 points on 33.3% from the field, and Smart didn’t even play in the game.

Williams’ ability to shut down opposing bigs, protect the rim, and switch 1-through-5 makes Boston the most intimidating defensive team in the league, with our without Smart on the court.

As long as both can stay healthy, the Celtics should be considered the favorites to win the title next month.

All stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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