Celtics guard Marcus Smart to miss 2 weeks with hand injury

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They would be best served by adding a starting level big man if they want to have a real shot in the playoffs where every point is crucial.

This game could be a preview of the NBA Finals.

Not many teams can boast the mixture of star quality, experience and exciting young talent that the C's have.

Part of the Celtics' roster-building strategy can likely be traced to the Warriors and their lack of reliance on traditional positions. That game was in Boston.

Irving will be making his only regular season trip to Oracle Arena on Saturday when the Boston Celtics come to town looking to win the season series over the defending champs after taking their first match up in November, 92-88. He told reporters he will play against the Warriors Saturday and spoke on the Smart situation after coach Brad Stevens said he was "disppointed" in the situation per MassLive's Jay King.

"We've got to play without reaching", Durant said. "And he has been in the same routine doing the same thing for three or four months without that, so we just wanted to have him here for a couple of games while we're out west and then for a few days after that leave him out here". "That takes our momentum away".

It took 46 games (and 43 starts) for the Cavaliers to realize Jae Crowder is not a starter if you're a truly elite team.

Golden State was held to their second-lowest point total of the season as they shot 40.2% as a team.

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"They put a lot of pressure on the ball", Kerr said. And they've got another one with (Jayson) Tatum and Gordon Hayward when he comes back. "They jump in the passing lanes".

"Defensively, I thought we did as good a job as we could holding our ground", he said.

But even if Wednesday's rebound effort against the Clippers was a "last gasp" of sorts, a wall-leveled Tatum is better than the alternative.

Just as glaring as the 19 turnovers was the sub-24 percent shooting from beyond the arc the Clippers.

Tatum and Brown are the Celtics' all-purpose players.

Smart, 23, is averaging 10.1 pints, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 rebounds in 30 minutes per game for Boston. In addition, Boston's defense allows 102 points per 100 possessions when Horford is on the court and allows 103 points per 100 possessions when Horford is off the court. He's like a point guard. His wife recently posted an Instagram video of him hitting a number of 3-pointers. Turns out Horford did not suffer a concussion and is good to go tonight.

That is probably more than the Celtics expected out of the gate, especially if we use Stevens' usage of Jaylen Brown in his first National Basketball Association season as a basis for minute goals. They shoot a lot of 3s, they get a lot of offensive boards and they run good stuff.

What kind of stuff do the Celtics run on offense?

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