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