Smart managed six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal over 25 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. After a breakout Game 3 performance in which he poured in 27 points, Smart hit the skids in Games 4 and 5, shooting just 3-for-16 while averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. His lackluster efforts helped doom a Celtics squad in desperate need of offense after Isaiah Thomas' exit from the series with a hip injury. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Smart's defensive prowess was a definite plus this season, and he also averaged career highs in points (10.6), assists, (4.6) and steals (1.6) while draining a career-best 81.2 percent of his free-throw attempts.
Smart produced eight points (1-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal across 40 minutes during a 112-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday. After a red hot Game 3, Smart somewhat predictably cooled off in a big way in the Game 4 loss, as he made just one field goal attempt. He is clearly going to get a ton of minutes with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so he could rebound for another big performance in Game 5. But with him, it's hard to predict.
Smart started Sunday's 111-108 win over the Cavaliers, finishing with 27 points (8-14 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 4-6 FT), seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block across 41 minutes. Smart, who slotted into the starting unit in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (hip), delivered a dynamic all-around performance to help spark a huge late comeback. He led the team in scoring, despite finishing fourth in shot attempts, thanks to a tremendous showing from beyond the arc. Smart will clearly play a huge role for the duration of the series if Sunday's effort is anything to go by, and he could continue exploiting an opposing backcourt that has struggled defensively at times.
Smart will start at point guard for Sunday's Game 3 against the Cavaliers, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports. Isaiah Thomas is dealing with a hip injury and has been ruled out for the rest of the postseason, which allows Smart to jump into the top unit in his place. In 24 starts during the regular season, Smart averaged 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists across 34.1 minutes and he's expected to again be relied upon for heavy minutes with Thomas out.
Smart grinded out 13 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists and two highlight quality blocks over 30 minutes in Monday's 115-105 Game 7 win over Washington. Smart's block of Otto Porter at the end of the second quarter sent Boston into halftime with some much deserved bravado. The wing's aggressiveness on both ends of the floor convinced coach Brad Stevens to stick with Smart despite some early foul trouble. Game 7 was easily Smart's best offensive effort of the series. Post game, coach Stevens praised Smart's multiple contributions, pointing out that Smart's positives far outweigh his usual poor shooting percentages. Smart will try to keep the positive momentum going on Wednesday during Game 1 at home versus Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals.
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