The shooting woes of Celtics guard Marcus Smart have been well documented, but concerns over his touch didn’t deter him from showing dominance at the offensive end on Monday night.
Falling 118-108 to the Pistons, the Celtics fell behind by as much as 11 and couldn’t regain a substantial lead. But shooting an efficient 8-13, including 6-for-9 from beyond the arc, Smart finished with a team-high 23 points and added six assists.
“I’ve been working, talking to my teammates and coaching staff,” Smart said. “Just can’t get too high on the highs and or too low on the lows.”
Smart and the C’s found themselves trailing Detroit 77-69 with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter and rallied back with an 8-0 run. Smart kicked it off by banking in a triple from the top of the arc with the shot clock expiring.
Jayson Tatum hit a corner three, then Smart went coast-to-coast off his defensive board to knot it up at 77 as a part of his 17 second half points.
“I expect him to just keep making the right basketball plays and the shot will go down ,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said. “He puts in a lot of time and we believe in him and we want him to shoot, take and make those open ones .”
Smart’s trademark defense flourished as well, limiting former Celtic guard Avery Bradley to a subpar 5-for-14 shooting performance.
He also nailed back-to-back triples, sparking a 9-2 run to knot the game back up at 100.
“It was great to see Marcus having that rhythm again” Celtics center Al Horford said. “All I said was for him to make sure that he stays the course and keeps doing what he does everyday working on his shooting and it will all pay off.”
Horford said he spoke with Smart earlier in the week, offering words of encouragement to his younger teammate. Smart stayed even keel with how he approaches continuing his recent hot streak.
“I’ve got to continue to keep working and things hopefully keep falling for me,” Smart added.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog