If you’re having trouble keeping up, that was Marcus Smart Thursday night, and he was doing all of those things. All those things that we expected the 6’4”, 220 pound mammoth point guard to do ever since we drafted him. And it’s about damn time! This is the way Smart should be playing all the time. Getting into the lane and bullying opposing point guards that are just smaller and weaker than him. I’ve seen enough. Enough of Marcus Smart playing off ball. Terry Rozier shouldn’t be getting 1 more minute over Marcus Smart to run the second unit. The fans and media members that thought Rozier was the guy to replace Evan Turner as the guy to run the second unit, a list of people which includes myself, were dead wrong. Putting Marcus Smart off ball and making us all watch him take spot up 3’s should be a violation of the 8th amendment to the constitution against forms of torture.
Maybe this isn’t what you thought you were getting when Marcus Smart came out of Oklahoma State, but it’s better than what we were getting before. We needed someone to create offense for the second unit, and Smart did that in the 4th quarter. Look at Smart off this pick and roll with Zeller, and watch how he uses his body to shield off the smaller Kyrie Irving and create a 2 on 1 opportunity at the hoop, followed by a great set up pass for Zeller.