Boston Celtics: 2014SummerGame4

Summer notes: Short memory Smart

July, 10, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of the much-analyzed themes this week at summer league has been Marcus Smart's struggles with his shot. He has connected on just 28 percent of his field goals through four games, but overcame some early shooting woes Thursday to score 12 of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter of a 76-67 win over the Orlando Magic.

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Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty ImagesMarcus Smart hasn't shot the ball well during summer league play, but he scored 12 fourth-quarter points in Thursday's 76-67 win.
Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, tasked with running the summer squad, was asked if Smart was the type of guy who could miss 10 shots in a row, but before the reporter could finish the query, Larranaga jumped in to quip, "I hope not. I hope he’s the kinda guy that makes 10 straight."

A more serious Larranaga soon added: "I think we’re seeing that he’s a pretty mentally tough kid. That’s not easy for anyone, to miss some shots and keep confidence. But I think he’s had such tremendous success throughout his life, so he can probably look back on times when ‘Oh, I was having a rough game, and I came back and hit the game-winning shot.’ I think that’s how he approaches every game."

Despite making just 3 of 17 3-pointers (17.6 percent) entering Thursday's game and misfiring on a handful of triples in the first half, Smart made consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth frame. In a one-possession game with 75 seconds to play, Smart provided maybe the highlight of Boston's summer league slate when he did a spin move to split two defenders and get to the baseline, then put up a little lefty scoop that kissed in off the glass.

"I just kinda reacted to what the defense put in front of me," shrugged Smart. "That was the move. To be honest, I didn’t know I was going to scoop it with my left, but I’m glad it went in."

So how does Smart forget about those shots he misses?

"I think I can shoot the ball, but you can’t worry about the last play, you gotta move on," said Smart. "Ray Allen, the best shooter in the NBA today, that’s why he’s so good. He can miss four in a row, but you best believe that fifth shot he takes, he’s going to take it like he just made four in a row. You just gotta forget about that last shot."

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Rapid Reaction: C's 76, Magic 67

July, 10, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Here's a look at how the Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic 76-67 during summer league action on Thursday at the Amway Center:

Rookie guard Marcus Smart hit a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers, then added a ridiculous spinning scoop shot late in the frame to help Boston emerge. Smart overcame some early shooting woes and finished with a team-high 19 points, 12 of which came in the final frame. Four others joined him in double figures, including Chris Johnson and Mike Moser with 12 points apiece. Boston found a way to win despite shooting only 32.4 percent overall. Seth Curry scored a team-high 15 points for Orlando. Boston got a look at Magic rookies Aaron Gordon (7 points, 8 rebounds) and Elfrid Payton (8 points, 10 assists, 7 turnovers).

Our friend @MrTrpleDouble10 captured the broadcast feed of Smart's scoop shot late in a one-possession game:



Kelly Olynyk did not dress for Thursday's game. Teams often rest their more established players at times during the week and, having appeared in the team's first three games, the second-year big man got a night off.

• Boston went with a starting lineup that featured Smart, Chris Babb, Johnson, Moser, and Colton Iverson. Phil Pressey played in a reserve role (and struggled, going 1-for-15 shooting from the floor).

Dairis Bertans, who endured a scary crash into the stanchion and was briefly hospitalized on Wednesday night, did not play, but gave a positive update on his health. "I’m good. I’m really good," Bertans said. "It’s nothing serious. I can’t really move my neck, it’s kind of stiff, but it’s good."

The Celtics improve to 3-1 on the week and -- by winning three quarters -- earned seven points overall and seem likely to play in the third/fourth-place matchup at 10 a.m. Friday to wrap up their five-game slate in Orlando.



Jared Sullinger
14.1 2.2 0.7 28.8
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsE. Turner 4.4
StealsM. Smart 1.1
BlocksK. Olynyk 0.7