Stars, studs and duds: Shooting numbers don't tell whole story for Smart

Stars, studs and duds: Shooting numbers don't tell whole story for Smart

Marcus Smart did not have a good shooting night, missing eight of his 10 shots from the floor.

But as we’ve come to expect from Smart, seldom do his shooting numbers reveal his impact on games. 

Wednesday was no exception to this with the Celtics pulling away for a 111-92 win to extend their road winning streak to three in a row. 


Smart had four points on 2-for-10 shooting.

But even more significant, he was at his best setting up his teammates for easy scores as part of an eight-assist night. 

And with rebounding always an adventure for this team, Smart was a key figure in the Celtics winning the battle on the boards 51-46 with the 6-4 Smart coming away with eight rebounds. 

“He brings an intensity level that makes your team better when he comes off the bench,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters. “He’s good starting too. He’s a good player.”

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Wednesday’s game.



Avery Bradley

It was yet another all-around solid game for Bradley who continues to fill the stat sheet in several categories for the Celtics. He finished with 22 points on 10-for-22 shooting along with seven rebounds and five steals. 

Isaiah Thomas

Thomas did most of his damage during the first three quarters of play. Thomas led the Celtics in scoring with 23 points along with five assists, with 20 of his points coming through the first three quarters. 

Al Horford

His 3-point shooting in the third quarter gave Boston some much-needed confidence and breathing room as they steadily pulled away for the win. He would finish with 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds. 



Sean Kilpatrick

He came off the Nets bench, but Kilpatrick delivered a starter-like performance. He led Brooklyn with 23 points on 8-for-17 shooting.

Trevor Booker

He was a feisty one for the Nets, providing some much-needed toughness for Brooklyn. He finished with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds along with three assists and four steals.  

Jonas Jerebko

He continues to be one of Brad Stevens’ most trusted players in the fourth quarter of games. He scored seven of his 10 points off the bench in the fourth quarter, on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting performance in the quarter.



Brook Lopez

Despite his size and newly found long-range shooting skills, Lopez never put his imprint on this game. He had 13 points on 4-for-14 shooting, but only grabbed three rebounds and missed five of his six 3-point attempts. 

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum had another strong performance for the Boston Celtics, doing so against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George, a player Tatum has acknowledged on more than one occasion he has looked up to. 

That admiration didn’t get in the way of Tatum delivering a big-time performance in helping Boston rally from six points down with 12.7 seconds to play, to knock off the Thunder 100-99.

Tatum tallied a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. And doing so at 20 years and 17 days old, Tatum became the youngest player in franchise history to tally at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game.

“It feels good,” Tatum said when asked about his first 20-plus point, 10-plus rebound game in the NBA. “But honestly, I’m just glad we won. That was a big win against a great team and it was fun playing out there today.”

Impacting the game on multiple levels offensively along with being a defensive and rebounding force are qualities often associated with George who became familiar with Tatum prior to last June’s NBA draft which is when the Celtics selected him with the third overall pick. 

“I reached out to him before he was coming into this draft and I got to talk to him,” said George, who had 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Celtics. “It’s an honor when you see young talent. I‘ve been inspired by many in this league so it’s great to inspire the younger generation in this league.”

And while Tatum may be young, he continues to prove himself up for whatever challenges await him. 

“We are going to keep throwing to the wolves and keep going to him in those moments,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Boston closed out the game with an 8-1 spurt in the final 24.7 seconds, with Tatum either scoring or assisting on five of those points which includes assistant on Marcus Morris’ game-winner.

Tatum’s composure down the stretch comes from being influenced by many, including George who considers it “an honor” that Tatum holds him in high regard. 

“At the end of the day, us veteran guys want the younger guys to take the game further and advance much farther than what I was,” George said. “There’s going to be kids looking up to Jayson (Tatum) that are probably already looking up to Jayson (Tatum).”


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

1:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins Gary Tanguay and Trenni Kusnierek to discuss Kyrie Irving getting a second opinion on his injured knee and what the Kyrie’s options are for the remainder of the season.

5:53 - Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine break down the Celtics stunning last second comeback win over the Thunder with multiple key players sitting out.

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