PBT Extra matchup to watch: Marcus Smart needs to take on Kyrie Irving challenge

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Kyrie Irving looked at home on the playoff stage, dropping 30 points on the Celtics in his playoff debut. He did it right from the opening tip, putting up 20 points in the first half, 12 in the second quarter when the Cavaliers took charge of the game.

For Boston, the Kyrie Irving challenge falls on rookie guard Marcus Smart.

Is Smart going to shut down Irving? No. Nobody can. What you want to see as a Boston fan is Smart embrace the challenge, to really sink his teeth into the task. You want to see him want that responsibility.

Boston didn’t expect to be here. That they are is a chance for some young players to learn and grow. None more so than Smart, even if some of those lessons are hard ones.