Although the Boston Celtics snagged the victory against the Sacramento Kings, Marcus Smart is still “disappointed” that Buddy Hield had a career night at their expense.
Per Jay King of The Athletic, Smart wasn’t completely satisfied with their victory over the Kings on Monday. As someone who takes pride in his defense, Smart isn’t happy with their effort to contain Hield who exploded for a career-high 41 points, which include 11 3-pointers. He was also 15-of-26 from the field.
Marcus Smart said he’s “disappointed” Buddy Hield had a career night against the Celtics.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) November 26, 2019
It was in the third quarter where Hield did most of his damage. He dropped 21 points in that quarter alone and shot 8-of-10 from the field. Harrison Barnes also chipped in 20 points.
The Celtics have a defensive rating of 102.7 — sixth-best in the league. With that said, it’s pretty understandable why Smart isn’t pleased with their performance despite the win.
Nevertheless, Smart did his chores on offense and defense as he dropped 17 points, three rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Overall, it was a balanced effort from the Kemba Walker-less Celtics squad.
Jayson Tatum scored 20 points, Jaylen Brown finished with 24 markers while Enes Kanter had 13 points and nine rebounds.
Boston’s win over the Kings snapped their two-game slump. They now have a 12-4 record for second place in the Eastern Conference.