Things were not going good for the Celtics, specifically Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker, Tuesday against Toronto.
The Celtics trailed the Raptors by 12 late in the third quarter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and Smart and Walker were struggling big time. Through the first three quarters, the pair combined for nine points on 3-for-21 shooting, but that all changed over the final 12 minutes.
Walker and Smart stepped up big time down the stretch to lead the Celtics to a 102-99 win and take a 2-0 series lead.
These performances were huge for the Celtics as they continue to play well without Gordon Hayward. It could have been easy for Walker and Smart to check out after the first three quarters, but their attitudes embody the entire team, which could be a bad thing for the rest of the league.
The Celtics have now won six straight to start the postseason, tying a franchise record.
Game 3 is Thursday at 6:30 p.m.