“Marcus Smart has put two Marcus Smart-type games together,” Ford said. “I think he'd be the first to tell you that, as far as he hadn't been doing that a little bit before. He was a great leader (Saturday).”
The unselfish player he is, Smart can be content as a facilitator at times, making everyone around him better.
The best way he can make the Cowboys better right now is by being the best player on the floor, which he's doing, with an added bonus of playing big, not just figuratively but literally.
Against Texas, Smart posted a staggering stat line: 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, six steals and a blocked shot. And zero turnovers.
At West Virginia, it was more of the same. Smart scored seven of OSU's final 15 points and either scored or assisted on his team's final four buckets.
“Marcus is being that leader,” Ford said. “He's a very vocal leader, but then he's leading by example. And he's making all those little plays, whether it be an assist or a steal or big rebounds.
“He's giving us that physical presence that we desperately need without Cobbins in there.”
The ultimate difference maker.