With Al Horford and Jaylen Brown (back) out tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and after the success the Boston Celtics had against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, Brad Stevens is sticking with what worked well for them last game.
For the second consecutive tilt, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart will take the floor with the first unit alongside Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum and Aron Baynes.
According to Smart, this starting lineup allows them to come out and set the tone.
“We can come out early, kind of get things going, take a lot of pressure off of guys like Kyrie, who takes up a lot of the offensive things,” Smart said.
“And then, having to come down and play defense and shut down somebody like a Jrue Holiday and their starting guards. That’s tough on anybody, especially with the way we play and especially the way Kyrie plays. Being able to take the heat off of him on both ends is something.”
Smart also mentioned that starting, in comparison to coming off the bench, doesn’t effect the level he plays at.
“Whenever I’m out there, I just try to play with the same energy, same intensity, do everything right.”
If things go well again tonight with Morris and Smart starting, it will be interesting to see how things play out when Brown healthy again.
Horford, who is taking a rest day, is expected to start on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.