May 21, 2017, 5:18 pm
The Celtics will make some tweaks to their starting lineup in the wake of the Isaiah Thomas injury, calling on Marcus Smart to run the point while subbing Amir Johnson in for Gerald Green for Game 3.
Smart will try his best to slow Kyrie Irving and actually offers decent post defense against much larger opponents. His tenacity should play well and at the very least he’ll provide more resistance than IT. The Celtics will be in tough without Thomas’ scoring, but that doesn’t change much from the first two games anyway since the Cavs have been forcing Boston’s secondary pieces to hit their shots. Green kept the C’s in Game 2 over the first few minutes with some tough threes but was an easy matchup for Cleveland’s elite offensive talent, so Johnson will draw in to add some defense and sandpaper while trying to slow Tristan Thompson on the boards. Even though he starts he’s been severely limited in this matchup, so don’t expect minutes past the mid-teens. Smart makes for a fine DFS play.