3 keys to Boston Celtics beating the Miami Heat in Game 4

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The Boston Celtics need to get Marcus Smart 100% healthy for Monday night

It’s no secret that Marcus Smart is the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics. He brings ferocious tenacity on the defensive end of the floor. That’s part of the reason he won the Defensive Player of the Year award, right?

But it’s also on the offensive end that Smart has really shown his improvement. He’s a guy that used to get the “no, no, yes!” treatment when shooting the ball (or no, no, no! when he missed, and he missed quite often). Smart shooting the ball used to be a scary proposition. Nowadays, that isn’t necessarily the case.

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Smart has a scary moment in Saturday night’s game when he came down from attempting a rebound and landed hard on his ankle. The screams and pain in his voice in that moment made it seem like he could’ve been done for the series. Miraculously, Smart came back in the game and finished it. Now, he’s questionable for Game 4 on Monday night with a sprained ankle.

The Celtics need Marcus Smart 100% healthy for this game. He already missed Game 1 of this series, and it was a disaster. The last thing the Celtics need is for Smart to miss another game. If he has to miss Game 4, but he’s 100% healthy for Game 5, so be it. But get that guy healthy, because he’s vital to any type of NBA Finals run you still have left in the tank!