If Otis Smith thinks toughness should be measured by “number of opponents knocked out,” well, then I guess he has a point. If that’s the only measurement, the Celtics aren’t very tough, because they don’t often throw haymakers at their opponents. (Although Nate Robinson once bodyslammed the bejesus out of J.R. Smith, though I digress.) But fights are not what toughness in basketball is all about, and it bothers me when people think they are.
I say a lot more about why the Celtics shouldn’t be considered fake tough, and I even quote Jay Bilas. So check it out, if you want to read some pro-Celtics propaganda today.