Celtics’ Marcus Smart says Game 7 ‘not going to be pretty’
Friday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers staved off elimination by defeating the Boston Celtics by a score of 109-99 to force a Game 7 at TD Garden. LeBron James had one of the best games in his career, scoring 46 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists in a superhuman effort.
With a berth in the NBA Finals on the line, urgency from both teams obviously will be at an all-time high. Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who is known for his grit and hustle, made everyone aware what’s on the line.
“It’s about just winning the game now,” Smart said after the loss at Quicken Loans Arena. “It’s not going to be pretty. You got to be able to get down and get dirty. You can’t go out and try to look pretty. You have to be ready for a dogfight.
“We got to be ready to come up with our nose bloodied, we got to be ready to come out with our mouth bloodied, we have to come out ready to fight.”
The Celtics have shown an ability to out-hustle the Cavaliers with Smart leading the way. One of the mistakes Boston made in Game 6 was allowing the Cavaliers get second chance-points. If the Celtics want to win Game 7, especially with Kevin Love potentially out — they will have to win the rebounding battle, led by Al Horford.
Despite another double-digit home win for the Cavaliers, the Celtics attempted to claw back for much of the second half. The Cavaliers’ lead got to as low as seven in the second half but Cleveland ultimately ended up pulling away. The X-factor for the Cavaliers is playing as well as they do at home. The Garden, however has been a house of horrors, as the Cavs are 0-3 in this series. The biggest remaining question is the status of Love, who’s status for Game 7 is “50-50” after bumping heads with Celtics forward Jayson Tatum Friday night.