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Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis perfect supporting cast for Jay Team


Upon Jayson Tatum's return from COVID protocols, he and Jaylen Brown combined for 50 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the Celtics 119-103 win over the Chicago Bulls. But it was the supporting cast consisting of Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis that assisted their star duo seal the victory.

Smart and Theis shared team-high honors with plus/minuses of +21. Marcus had a double-double in 26 minutes (13 points, 11 assists), while Daniel garnered a line of 19 points, and three-each of rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in 28 minutes of action.

With Kemba Walker out to start this season, Marcus has really focused on his facilitation, and it shows. One of Smart's main targets has been Jaylen, and it occurs by design. They have discussed it at length. A significant part of Brown's offensive surge this year has been generated by Marcus.

There should be no argument anymore about Boston's best player at the center spot. It still is our German import, Daniel Theis. He doesn't have Rob Williams' athleticism or Tristan Thompson's seasoning, but he supplies a nice mix of just about everything - as evidenced by his varied stat line from last night. 

Marcus and Daniel know their roles on this 2020-21 version of The Green, and they play it with near-perfection. The Celtics sit in second place in the East (behind the 76'ers) with a 10-6 record and two-game win streak. Let's keep it going.


 


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