Well, so much for that sweep. With the loss of Isaiah Thomas to a hip injury for the rest of the playoffs, the Celtics appeared to be all but done. The loss of a superstar seemed to spell the end of Boston’s postseason run.
Marcus Smart wasn’t ready for that to happen.
The former Cowboy took over Game 3, scoring a career-high 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. His team-high 27 points were accompanied by five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, a block and only one foul in 41 minutes of play.
The Celtics needed Smart to go off, and they also needed a bit of luck to put the Cleveland Cavaliers away and earn their first victory in the Eastern Conference Finals.
As you would expect, Twitter was on fire following Smart’s career night.
Marcus Smart when he sees Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/a1nPHr0ZHM— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 22, 2017
"All those Joe's cheese fries make you accurate from 3." -@Buccigross talking about Smart going off tonight. Go Freaking Pokes!!!!— Joel Penfield (@joeliopenfield) May 22, 2017
Cold-blooded Marcus Smart pulling up three after three, tying the game.— Spark ⚡️ Sports (@Spark_Sports_) May 22, 2017
MARCUS SMART OR MICHAEL JORDAN I DONT KNOW— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) May 22, 2017
Now we know that there will at least be a Game 5 in Boston before the season is over. Game 4 in Cleveland will be Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. CST on TNT.