Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart has earned the praise of Brad Stevens despite a 0-for-8 shooting performance in the preseason opener against Philadelphia. Five of the missed shots were 3-pointers.
Smart did record three rebounds, six assists and a blocked shot in 27 minutes.
"I think making a shot is a positive, obviously," Stevens joked to the Boston Herald when asked if he would have liked Smart to shoot more often to get into a rhythm. "I don't want him to take more shots if he wasn't going to make one, so that would not be the case.
"I'm not worried about it. He took good shots. He'll make shots. ... I love the way he impacts the game and our team. ... He's one of the few guys I think gets stronger defensively as the game goes along, and I think that just wears on you. ... I've coached a lot of really bright guys now at a lot of different ages. Very, very, very few at 20 years old can see the game and react to the game defensively like that. He has the ability to react athletically, too."
Smart shot 42.2 percent from the floor last season at Oklahoma State.