I think I might need to get my eyes checked. It’s just that I haven’t been to the eye doctor in a while, and I was watching the Celtics game the other night, and I saw this guy who almost looked kind of like Marcus Smart, but there’s no way it could’ve been him.
This guy looked like the Celtics best playmaker, and was the leader of a massive 18 point 4th quarter comeback effort against the East best 24-7 Cleveland Cavaliers. But you don’t understand, this couldn’t have been Marcus Smart. This guy was getting into the lane, and using his body to make impressive moves around the rim. That’s sounds like something MArcus Smart could do, but he doesn’t. Marcus Smart just shoots horrible spot up 3’s from the corner. This guy was running the offense at the very least as well as anyone has since Evan Turner left in free agency, and Marcus Smart, you know… just shoots horrible spot up 3’s from the corner. I mean, those aren’t things that the Marcus Smart I know usually does. Besides, this guy had like dreadlocks or something.
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.
The biggest thing about this game was that this wasn’t an anomaly, Marcus Smart is capable of playing like this every night. Mike Fratello said on the broadcast last night that during Isaiah Thomas’s injury, Brad Stevens felt Smart really improved his ability to run the offense, making it sound like this is something Brad plans to stick with going forward. He’s built to play this way. When we drafted a point guard built like a running back, I think we all thought he would use his body the way he did the other night. It’s his biggest asset. What I just showed you wasn’t a very complicated play, but for whatever reason, it’s something we haven’t seen as often as we should. This is a 100% sustainable 2nd unit offense for the Celtics, and it would be a massive mistake to go back to sticking Smart on the perimeter and reducing him to being a shooter, and a lousy one at that. Marcus Smart isn’t a shooter, he needs shooters around him, and the Celtics have been trying to use him completely backwards this whole time. A bench lineup of Smart, Green, Brown, Jerebko, and Olynyk/Zeller creates enough floor spacing for Marcus Smart to get into the lane and make plays like he did last night, and it will make the Celtics a better team. Brad Stevens PLEASE STICK WITH THIS! ANYTHING BUT THE SPOT UP 3’S! ANYTHING!!!!!