Marcus Smart as starter-facilitator-disruptor worked last night - needs to continue
My argument was always that Smart ignites his team right out of the gate. He is not a scorer and may never be. Doesn't matter! The other starters, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris all scored 19 or more points. Marcus notched eight points on 3-of-8 from the field and 2-of-5 on treys. He handed out five assists with only one turnover and played stellar defense.
Marcus Smart has directly or indirectly caused like all of the Pels’ turnovers and mistakes— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) November 27, 2018
It doesn't get any better than this block by Marcus Smart. Wow. pic.twitter.com/Pdm3ft4zFN— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 27, 2018
Will this starting lineup continue? I doubt it, but Smart needs to be in the game from the beginning. He takes a lot of pressure off Kyrie as a facilitator, and his disruption of the opponent's offense may be the best in the League. And I am still a believer in Gordon Hayward being in the starting-5.
With two facilitators on the floor, Gordon's scoring opportunities may open up. Irving and Smart seem to make for a synergistic back-court, and I would like to see more of the Hayward-Smart interaction. This will play out soon.
Marcus Smart: "That’s how we’re used to playing. That’s the team we know. … [that’s] the way we played in the past and that’s the type of game where we have to get back to, where guys feel us from the start."— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) November 27, 2018
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