Marcus Smart - team-highs in minutes, assists, steals and plus/minus vs. Cavaliers

The Celtics are now 2-0 when Marcus Smart starts the game. In last night's 128-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, he logged a team-high 29 minutes, while also taking top honors in assists (seven), steals (three) and plus/minus (+33). And he never turned the ball over.

On the offensive end, Marcus scored 12 points on 5-of-7 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. It certainly seems that the Kyrie Irving-Smart starting back-court is working.

In reference to the above tweet, Smart's True Shooting percentage for last night's game was 85.7% and 76.1% over the last three games, good enough for 6th in the NBA for players logging 24-or-more minutes per game.

Kyrie Irving has stated that having Marcus as his back-court partner has been beneficial. We saw the proof last night. Kyrie scored 29 points in only 27 minutes. He shot a terrific 75% on field goals and 71% on threes. This Dynamic Duo works. It needs to continue.

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