Marcus Smart leans on the healing power of basketball

Marcus Smart reemerged from a tumultuous summer for Celtics media day yesterday looking for basketball to provide what it always has for the Celtics guard — solace, and a place where the world makes sense.

His mother, Camellia, died on Sept. 16, after a harrowing summer of treatment for bone marrow cancer. Along with spending every possible moment in Dallas with her — at one point moving her into an apartment across the street from her treatment facility in Dallas — he weathered a...

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