The Celtics need to take a good hard look at themselves in the mirror (or as Tommy Heinsohn would say… “in the showah”) after this loss to the Rockets. Marcus Smart is known for being a tenacious defender. So why is he being forced to take 22 shots, 15 of them threes? That’s just not a good use of the talent available on the roster. He has to save his energy for defense, after all.
You could tell he didn’t want to take all those shots. He was like “man, I’ve spent all this time shutting down Harden and or Westbrook and or Covington and or Tucker, why should I have to shoot this three, make Brad shoot it” but then Brad Wanamaker wasn’t even on the court so he had to chuck it up there.
The Celtics have enough scoring talent to make sure that Smart can go full out on defense and take plays off on offense. They have Jayson Tatum. They have Jaylen Brown. They have Gordon Hayward. They have… Enes Kanter. And more! Smart should be taking, like, three shots a game. Max. In the same way that James Harden shouldn’t have to play defense, Smart shouldn’t have to play offense.
I have been told that Brad Stevens is a good coach, but he seems oblivious to what seems obvious to me. Luckily for the Celtics, if they fire him and take me on as coach (a situation which would result in them still having to pay him), I don’t even need a salary. That’s right: I’ll coach the Celtics for free. You people want to see Tacko Fall? I’ll give the people what they want.