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The Boston Celtics star guard Marcus Smart shares what mindset change led to the Celtics’ second-half success: “After that [January loss to the Knicks], and really after the first half of the season, everybody was like, ‘listen, this is what we gotta do…'”

After beating the Brooklyn Nets in four games, the Boston Celtics to face the Milwaukee Bucks in second round of the NBA Playoffs. Game 1 is set for Sunday.

Smart was named the 2021–22 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the first guard to win the prestigious accolade since Gary Payton in 1996, breaking the longest position drought in the award’s history.