Saturday, July 5, 2014

Marcus Smart earning respect on the defensive end

I won't get overly happy about one game in the summer league. I think Kelly Olynyk is the lesson on that thinking. Smart was solid, but he was going up against guys that are not top players in the game.


Smart acknowledges his defensive play might be ahead of his game offensively.

"I was born and raised playing defense," Smart said. "Every team I played with, is a defensive-minded team first before offense. It was always defense."

Larranaga is running the summer league team, and he was pleased with the rookie.

"He plays with a tremendous intensity," Larranaga said. "He's a great teammate. He showed that from the beginning. He was a big part of why we played so well as a team on both ends of the floor. He had some great help defensive plays you wouldn't expect a 20-year-old to be able to do, but he has a really good idea of team basketball, which is really exciting for us."

With Bradley re-signed, and with Pressey on the rise, along with the Celtics ALL-Star point guard Rondo. Where will Smart fit? That's one of the early questions heading into the season. It's a duo that may not even play together.

1 comment:

  1. I just hope that if Rondo remains on the team, he kicks his game up a few notches. IF he does that, he'll blow away all the doubts on his way to an MVP level season. I hope he's working his butt off right now. Wherever he ends up time to put all the doubts to rest. As for Smart, he's a talented player. It's not his fault he's caught up in the internecine Celtics feuding. What a dysfunctional 'family'.