The five threes by Marcus Smart in the fourth quarter that changed the tide of the game. Smart essentially erased the Toronto Raptors double digit lead by himself over the first three minutes of the 4th quarter to help bring the Boston Celtics back into this game.
With Kemba Walker (and Jaylen Brown to a lesser extent) really struggling to find some scoring consistency, Smart stepped up in a huge way today. Grabbing a 2-0 lead in the series on a day where the Celtics didn’t play their best basketball is a huge advantage for them. Most of the offense aside from Jayson Tatum struggled mightily up until the fourth. Tatum had some help from a fiery start by Rob Williams and Jaylen Brown in the first half, but the third quarter was all JT. Smart providing scoring in the place of Gordon Hayward is vital to this teams success. The Raptors aren’t going to go down quietly, but don’t expect to see a repeat performance from the Celtics like this again. Either way, huge win, and hopefully we can reel off two more before they get 4.
(Originally posted on September 1, 2020)