In Disney movies, the good guys always win.. He will be ‘bad guys’ with charisma and even backup, but the trusted superhero takes care of winning. But in the real world and in the NBA the reality is very different. The Boston Celtics resurface and their ‘very bad’ Marcus Smart gives a lesson in competitiveness that places the ‘green’ franchise in a position to consider themselves as candidates for the ring. And without knowing very well who his rival will be.
A reaction that can be understood from various prisms. The one of the eternal competitiveness of the Celtics, who do not lose of consecutive games in Playoffs. And the blow to some Heat in which what worked during the first game disappeared from the second quarter of the second. Now they have a big problem.
Marcus Smart, ‘the villain’ who resurfaces
Marcus Smart is one of those players who belong to the club who are not understood from a midpoint. Either you love them or you hate them. But on the court he guarantees crucial competitiveness for the Celtics. Because without him, in the ‘Game 1‘ against the Heat saw a broken Celtics. And yes, maybe, as it happened in the sixth against Milwaukee, he had some bad decisions, but he still has a different ‘game change ability’ point. And very complementary to Brown and Tatum,
He is one of the villains of the NBA. He intense and ruthless on the track. But impossible to understand the success of Udoka’s without the strength of the ’36’. “I can play point guard,” he said when he finished. There may be doubts with his decision making but if the Celtics they want to win he has to be on the floor.
The Heat have a problem.
Losing home court is a major problem for the Miami Heat, because if at some point they had a chance to take down the Celtics was to get strong at home. His second, third and fourth quarters were an ode to disaster. They didn’t get into anything, only Butler brought intensity and they saw how all the arguments that define them fell.
Clear is evidence that not all games will be like the first. There, Strus and Vincent scored from all colors. In ‘Game 2’ that efficiency disappeared. Before them they have the most difficult yettake the series to the Garden, because now they have to visit it three times.
Do you remember Duncan Robinson?
With the party completely broken, Erik Spoelstra pulled one of his ‘faithful soldiers’ of late. Duncan Robinson, expert shooter who disappeared from the rotation after entering a tremendous spiral of failures. He had not appeared in four of the last seven games and he did not leave (6 + 5) anything of the other world in the ‘Game 2’.
Be it that little continuity in the game or the lack of minutes, the reality is that one of the most surprising players of the last five years in terms of shooters disappears from the game. And the Heat notice it, because when Herro, Strus or Vincent isn’t there, they have a hole there.
Go Tatum Playoffs
The one who does not fail his date with being historical is Jayson Tatum. He’s averaging 35 points a game when the Celtics are coming off losing, and his 20 points with 70% shooting from the field and 3 of 4 from the triple at halftime are historical records. From a player to form a dynasty.
He changed the match alongside Smart. Smart and quick on defense, running seamlessly through transitions and finishing off work from the perimeter. Different and world class player. If the Celtics maintain this level they have a player with work and talent to dominate the NBA. The umpteenth test against the Heat.