A lot of things went right for the Celtics on Friday night after a 128-95 demolition of the tanking Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was the biggest home win of the year for Boston and gave the starters some needed rest headed into a tough test against the surging Timberwolves in Minnesota on Saturday night. Kyrie Irving stayed hot (29 points) while Gordon Hayward showed off a more aggressive scoring (14 points in 23 minutes) mindset after a pep talk from Irving earlier this week.
The biggest development of the night though came off the floor, however. Jaylen Brown missed his second straight game with a sore tailbone, leaving the door open for Marcus Smart to earn another start next to Irving. Smart thrived in the role yet again as Irving’s wingman (12 points, 7 assists) setting the table for the starting five to have another big offensive night (78 combined points) despite the fact Al Horford (rest) got the night off.
Even before the Celtics' starters dominated the Cavs on Friday night, the question was posed to Brown in the locker room as Smart got his second straight starting nod: What were his thoughts on the lineup switch staying in place when he returned?