Boston takes out Atlanta in game 6, will face Philadelphia in East Semis
After Joe Mazzulla was criticized for playing Smart late in game 5, he trusted his guy tonight, and Marcus delivered. Smart finished with 22 points and a +11, which was tied for the team high, to go along with 4 assists and 4 boards. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics in points, pouring in an efficient 32 on 13/25 shooting while hitting some clutch shots, none bigger than his three to tie the game at 113 right in Dejounte Murray's face.
Of course we've gotta talk about JT too. While Jayson had a rough game 5 and received some deserved criticism, Tatum bounced back like he always does, filling up the stat sheet. He concluded game 6 with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 assists on 11/20 shooting in what was an all-around terrific game from the 25 year-old superstar. JT showed up in the clutch as well, including a huge three pointer and putback dunk on back-to-back possessions to put Boston up 8 with 2:07 left.
Moving forward, Boston will resume play on Monday night against the 76ers in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. They will then play game 2 on Wednesday before heading out to Philly for games 3 and 4. I'll go more in-depth on this series this weekend, but it should be an exciting one with everything to play for. Rest up the next few days Boston fans, the guys will need all of us starting Monday night. Go Celtics!
Jaylen Brown tonight:— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 28, 2023
32 PTS - 5 REB - 2 AST - 52% FG
Jayson Tatum tonight:
30 PTS - 14 REB - 7 AST - 55% FG
JAYLEN BROWN WITH THE BLOCK AND JAYSON TATUM THROWS IT DOWN pic.twitter.com/fiu5NXn3Qy— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) April 28, 2023