So I hate to be that guy, but what the Celtics will need as the playoffs get deeper, will be a guy that can create his own offense and be that offensive go to guy late in games. In other words, Kyrie Irving.
Really don't think Smart returning will help the Cs get that much farther into the playoffs than if he wasn't there. I think with or without him they get past Milwaukee and Philly. I see the Cs going to the ECF whether Smart is there or not and I don't see the Cs getting to the Finals whether Smart is there or not.
Sure Kyrie return would fill a bigger need, but Smart return would be huge. His last return clearly got us out of our post London funk and playing great ball again, and lasted until he got hurt again. He brings an energy, swag and aggression that puts a stamp on our identity. I’d feel like we had a decent shot vs Philly if Smart was back, not so much without him. I bet his teammates feel similarly.
Yeah, the difference between Smart and Larkin or Smart and Allen is huge.
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