Boston Celtics fought valiantly for their win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. It was a collective effort from Marcus Smart and team to secure the victory in the closing stages of the game. In fact, they only managed to edge their opponents by one point at the end of the fourth quarter
It was a scintillating performance from the likes of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as they produced match-winning moments. Tatum’s buzzer-beating three was the shot that separated the teams. However, coach Brad Stevens was happy about the way his players showed grit and tenacity.
In the post-game press conference, Stevens praised Marcus Smarts’ tremendous work ethic. He said, “He’s been really good. In a lot of these games, he has been on the point of attack. Tonight I thought he guarded Lillard as good as anybody I have seen. A couple of the shots Lillard made were not on him.”
He continued, “I thought he impacted his game as well as you possibly could. In the past couple of weeks, he has been really good for us. He had a little cut underneath his armpit, which is why he was favoring the other arm. However, it was just a cut.”
Marcus Smart and Tatum lead the Celtics to a nervy victory
Despite having a few defensive frailties in the first half, the Boston Celtics took care of them and never let the Blazers take control of the game.
Jayson Tatum was the pick of the players as he finished with 32 points to his name. Moreover, he racked up nine rebounds and five assists for his side in this game. Apart from him, Jaylen Brown continued his hot streak by scoring 24 points. He also had four rebounds and two assists during the course of the game.
The Boston Celtics are fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. At the moment, they are well in contention for the playoff spots. Moreover, with star players like Tatum and brown finding their form, coach Brad Stevens will be elated about the position they are in.
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