Video: Celtics’ Marcus Smart denies Bam Adebayo dunk attempt with huge block
Marcus Smart (6’4) blocks Bam Adebayo (6’10) at the rim. pic.twitter.com/Cnhw2xT9Pp
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However, the Celtics did end up losing to the Miami Heat by a score of 115-99. They shot horribly from the field, only 40.4 percent from the field and 35.3 -percent from deep. They lost the rebounding battle by 14 and the assist battle by thirteen. They seemed out of sync all evening long.
For the Celtics, their leading scorer was Kyrie Irving. He had 22 points with five rebounds and five assists while shooting 10 of 19 from the field. He took a lot of shots at the end of the game trying to lead his team back to victory, but it just wasn’t enough. Only three other Celtic players scored in double digits, Smart with 18, and Tatum and Morris with 17 each.
For the Heat, they had six players score in double digits. Their top scorer was Dwayne Wade off the bench, scoring 19 while shooting 8 of 12 from the field. Point Winslow had 13 points and 11 assists, and Josh Richardson added 18 points, three rebounds, and six assists.
On the season, Marcus Smart has been an excellent role player for the Celtics. Known for his lockdown defense and gritty style of play, he fits perfectly into Brad Stevens’ defensive scheme.
Smart on the season has averaged 7.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists while shooting 39.4 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. Though he’s not an efficient scorer, his strength allows him to post up smaller guards on the second unit, giving the Celtics even more offensive versatility.
The Celtics are now 25-16 on the season and currently sit 5th in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. They will face off next against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Arena.