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
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."