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Marcus Smart’s early development is second only to Rajon Rondo’s contract year push as this season’s most compelling C’s storyline. An increasing number of league officials are also applauding Danny Ainge’s decision to draft the tough, defense-minded point guard. One league scout also buys into the theory that Smart — once he returns from his ankle injury — won’t fully develop as long as he plays behind Rondo. “I think they’ve got to get rid of Rondo because they drafted a good, young point guard,” the scout said. “Marcus Smart is a franchise-type point guard or can be, I think, who needs to play to be good. He’s fast and he defends. And you don’t say that about rookies.” Boston Herald

Wallace’s selflessness is also connected to that surgically repaired knee. He remarkably made it through 13 seasons without once requiring surgery, and his recovery from last summer’s clean-out procedure has been slow. It’s easier to embrace mentorship and a reduced on-court role when your body isn’t right. “For me right now it’s not as bad, because I’m still struggling with trying to get myself back to 100 percent where I feel comfortable playing,” he said of taking a back seat now. “So the minutes right now aren’t as important as doing my strengthening and rehabbing.” Boston Herald

A healthy Wallace may not have been so amenable to Stevens’ requests. But Wallace isn’t healthy enough to protest. “I don’t feel mentally or physically like I can go out and play 40 or 45 minutes a game,” said Wallace. “That would totally destroy my body as it is right now. The main thing is to get focused and healthy, try to get stronger.” Boston Herald

Rondo should be able to practice tomorrow. "That's what we hear," said coach Brad Stevens. "He's going to see (team physician Dr. Brian) McKeon again [today] and then we'll have a little bit more information. But every indication is that he should be good to go on Wednesday." Boston Herald

November 9, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have assigned forward Dwight Powell to the Maine Red Claws. Powell, a 6’11 forward, appeared in six contests for the Celtics during the preseason and averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game over that span. NBA.com

Based on early returns, Marcus Smart is very good at ducking. The Celtics medical staff confirmed yesterday morning that the rookie guard certainly ducked fate with the diagnosis of a left ankle sprain and bone bruise, and nothing more. Based on the sight of Smart writhing on the floor in obvious pain during Friday night’s fourth quarter against Indiana, followed by a stretcher ride off the Garden floor, many envisioned something worse. Instead, the initial estimate has Smart missing 2-3 weeks of action. “You always wonder if something could have been worse,” Danny Ainge said yesterday after getting the news. “It’s a setback, albeit a minor setback. But he won’t be back until we’re sure he’s ready to go.” Boston Herald

Zeller was also smiling for another reason last night. He suffered a poke in the eye during Friday night’s win over the Pacers that had a particularly uncomfortable result. “My contact lens just went back in my eye,” he said. “We were trying to find it and I couldn’t find it, so someone went out back and found a mirror. Eventually it worked its way back out. The problem is that I could feel my contact back there, I just couldn’t find it. Without my contacts I’m blind. I needed it.” Boston Herald

November 8, 2014 Updates


How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.


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