Smart mustered 10 four points (4-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, one steal and one block across 21 minutes in Friday's 109-99 ECF Game 6 loss in Cleveland. The Marcus Smart roller coaster received extra run during this lopsided loss on Cleveland. With Boston trailing for the last three quarters, coach Brad Stevens turned to Smart and Marcus Morris for major minutes, hoping to spark a comeback run that never quite materialized. Smart was his usual erratic self, with a breathtaking block of a LeBron James dunk attempt, three ugly turnovers, questionable shot selection, but eight impressive, team-leading assists. Smart and his teammates now return to Boston for a battle royale, winner-take-all Game 7 on the parquet floor. Look for Smart to again receive monster minutes for the injury decimated Celtics.
Smart contributed just eight points (2-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes during Monday's 111-102 loss to the Cavaliers. Smart did a bit of everything once again Monday but was far from spectacular in the loss to Cleveland. After a magnificent Game Two, Smart has had two sub-par efforts in a row as the Celtics continue to struggle on the road. Game Five is back in Boston and Smart will undoubtedly be looking to feed off the crowd as he looks to turn things around for both himself and the team.
Smart finished with 11 points (3-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine assists, five rebounds and four steals in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 107-94 victory over Cleveland. Smart was at his best Tuesday, frustrating the Cavaliers on both ends of the floor in arguably one of his best performances of the season. While the numbers don't jump off the page, the four steals are very nice and his ability to impact the game by being in the right place at the right time is uncanny. He is sure to receive a hostile reception in Game Three on Saturday in Cleveland and the Celtics will hope that this motivates him to produce a similar performance as they look to steal an away game.
Smart (finger) registered nine points (4-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt), six assists, three rebounds and one steal across 25 minutes during Boston's 108-83 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday. As expected, Smart played through a sore ring finger and provided one of his typically well-rounded stat lines. The fourth-year defensive maven projects as a pivotal component off the bench during the series, as his efforts on the defensive end, as a rebounder and as a facilitator should be integral to the Celtics' chances of success. He'll look to offer similarly solid production when Boston attempts to take a commanding 2-0 series lead Tuesday.
Smart will play through a sore ring finger during Game 1 against the Cavaliers on Sunday, Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports reports. The finger is on his shooting hand, which could hurt both his ball-handling and scoring ability. That makes him a slightly more risky DFS play for Sunday's slate, though it doesn't sound like it will have much of an impact on his overall workload.
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