The Boston Celtics have made a great start to their postseason, sealing a Game 1 win against the Brooklyn Nets despite having to mount a comeback to make it happen. Kyrie Irving went off on his old team, likely spurred on by the fans that were heckling him all night, and had the Nets up by 3 with less than a minute to go.
Jaylen Brown went quick down the other end and scored 2 points to pull within 1 of the Nets though and the C's managed to clinch the win on the last play of the game. The ball found Marcus Smart on the perimeter and instead of taking the shot, Smart stepped inside and found Tatum, who spun to the rim and laid it in at the buzzer. The play was an example of excellent ball movement under pressure, and Draymond Green highlighted Smart's role in it, praising him.
"And there’s the difference in the Celtics team. Last year Marcus Smart would’ve taken that shot. Ime got him to buy in and be the Marcus smart everyone loved out of Ok State. BEAUTIFUL! Looking like a true PG again! That’s what made Him special!"
The Celtics have been engaged on both ends of the court this season, it's been a large part of their success in the regular season, and Smart has been instrumental to that. Unselfish basketball is often winning basketball, so the fact that Ime Udoka has managed to instill that into a group of players who used to often play iso-ball is truly a credit to his coaching.
Smart himself is a candidate for the DPOY award this season and seems to be making better decisions on the offensive end of the floor. The series is long and Brooklyn has the firepower to win, but if they can continue to make the right plays, the Celtics could easily make a statement by beating them in the first round.