Celtics bounce back vs. Heat, plus Nick Saban vs. Jimbo Fisher has exposed underbelly of recruiting

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Simply put, when the Celtics play like they did last night, they are a nightmare to face. Boston dominated in every facet en route to a 127-102 win over the Heat, tying the series at 1-1.

Marcus Smart returned from a foot injury with a near triple-double: 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.Jayson Tatum (27 points) and Jaylen Brown (24 points) also passed the 20-point threshold.The Celtics made 20 of their 40 threes after going 11-for-34 in Game 1.Jimmy Butler had 29 points, but no other Heat player scored more than 14.

The returns of Smart and Al Horford showed just how important both players are. With them in the lineup, Boston can switch basically everything defensively and rarely allow a mismatch. Smart, after all, was the Defensive Player of the Year, and Horford’s…


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