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You just know there was something different about this game when you find out Marcus Smart was the top Celtics marksman in the 96-83 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That is not a typo! Boston shot a collective 36.5% last night from the field - won the game - and Smart had the best field goal percentage of 53.6%, hitting 5-of-9 shots, including 3-of-6 on three-pointers.

It helped that the Cavaliers didn't fare much better than the Celtics, shooting 41.9% from the field. The play of the Cavaliers often looked lackluster, and Lebron James looked just plain tired.

Boston won the rebounding battle 45-39. They had only eight turnovers to Cleveland's 15. And the Celtics had 10 steals to Cleveland's three. It just looked like the energy of this injury-plagued Celtics crew simply wore down Lebron and his troops.


The two main culpripts in Boston's poor marksmanship were Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown. Terry shot 20.0% from the field and Jaylen hit on 26.7%. Marcus Morris was an accessory to the problem with 38.5% from the floor.



We hope not to see Brown and Rozier shoot a combined 7-of-30 (including 3-of-15 on 3's) anytime soon. But Jaylen did total 17 points for the game thanks to his shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line. It was a strange game all around, but it ended well with the Celtics leading the series, three games to two.

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Photo via Mark J. Ribelas/USA TODAY Sports

Tom Lane 5/24/2018 11:22:00 AM Edit
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