HoopsHype Marcus Smart rumors

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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

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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

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Chris Forsberg: Doctors attending to Marcus Smart (CSN screenshot) http://t.co/XPuoVZxlKl Twitter @ESPNForsberg

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Dribble penetration was a major issue for the Celtics last season, but Smart’s ability to move through screens should allow Boston’s often-undersized back line to stay at home instead of scrambling with help. And Smart is active with his hands, which helped him generate three steals Monday while disrupting passing lanes. “I’ve coached a lot of really bright guys 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,” Stevens said of Smart. “He has the ability to react athletically, too. He can really move. He’s very physical. I’ve said this before, he was really well coached, and combine that with the fact that he’s got a good savvy for the game.” ESPN.com

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