Throw out the stat sheet: Feisty Marcus Smart vital to Celtics' success
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By By A. Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON – There were six players on the Boston Celtics roster that had more points scored than Marcus Smart on Tuesday.

Five of his teammates logged more minutes. 

And yet as you start to sort through all that went into Boston’s 107-94 Game 2 win against Cleveland, you will be hard-pressed to find any Celtic whose play was more vital to the team’s success than Smart who tallied a near double-double with 11 points and nine assists. 

“Marcus always makes plays at the right time,” said LeBron James. “He has a really uncanny ability to get into the lane and either creates for himself or create for others, and he did that tonight … he’s always been very productive for their ball club.”

Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue echoed similar sentiments about Smart.

“He makes winning plays,” said Lue, a former Celtics assistant coach. “He makes tough plays. Like we said before, if it’s 50/50 balls, he’s going to get it. If it’s a loose ball, offensive rebound they need to have, he’s going to get it. We’ve got to be able to find someone who can match his...

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