Game 1 in TD Garden between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets ended in a thrilling fashion, with Jayson Tatum hitting a game-winner to put the Celtics up 1-0 against the Nets. Tatum’s veteran teammate Marcus Smart gave high praise to his squad’s work ethic over the season leading up to this moment:
“The resilience we have. The approach we have. The work we put in. And you know, learning. We had a lot of games to learn from early in the year.”
Smart didn’t only dish out the game-winning dime to Tatum; he also recorded 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals. However, it will likely be his last-second dime to Tatum that will be remembered for quite some time. Smart gives credit to Coach Ime Udoka for trusting his team to make the right decisions in the last play of Game 1.
“You’ve gotta credit Ime [Udoka] for trusting us in that situation,” Smart said.
Coach Udoka and company will get the chance to repeat their magic at home on Wednesday at 7 PM EST for Game 2 before heading to Brooklyn on Saturday at 7:30 PM EST for Game 3.