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The Marcus Smart of it all

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If Smart is the heart and soul of the Celtics, then James Harden is the singular embodiment of the Nets’ offensive firepower. Smart will defend Harden as much as he can.

Makes sense then to put the Celtics’ Cobra on Harden, right?

Over the last four years, per Synergy’s tracking, Smart has defended Harden for 26 minutes and 98 possessions over seven games; Harden has recorded a measly 7 assists with 8 turnovers and shot just 8-for-29 from the field, including 7-for-25 from behind the arc.

“We’ve seen it, especially in the playoffs. Time after time, talent isn’t the one that always wins.” – Marcus Smart

“It’s been tight to go up against a guy of his caliber. It doesn’t change the fact that he’s been more of a playmaker. It’s still the same Harden,” Smart said of primary cover of the quarterfinals.

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