Marcus Smart is still sick (stomach bug) and will miss a second consecutive practice today.
Marcus Smart out again with illness. It started before the game Wednesday night.
If Rondo remains out Wednesday, Marcus Smart will be the first rookie to start opening night for the Celtics since Adrian Griffin in 1999.
Avery Bradley on Marcus Smart: "He plays hard every single possession. He's learning every day."
Marcus Smart out sick from practice today.
Marcus Smart will start at point guard on Opening Night if Rajon Rondo cannot play, according to Brad Stevens.
Stevens declared Marcus Smart the opening night starter if Rondo can't play.
Brad Stevens says that he loves the fact that Marcus Smart is "always aggressive" at both ends of the floor.
Jared Sullinger (Seven points, 13 rebounds) and Marcus Smart (16 points, 4 assists, 2 steals) lead the Celtics to a 58-44 halftime lead.
The Gerald Wallace-Marcus Smart two-man game is not stoppable against human opposition.
Gerald Wallace is on the court w/Marcus Smart and James Young. He has 24,445 more minutes of NBA reg. season playing time than the rookies.
Once Marcus Smart settles into the NBA, he is going to pose some serious matchup problems with his size.
Brad Stevens on James Young: "Today is as impt as tomorrow is for him, bc he's going up against Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart."
Stevens said Marcus Smart mostly started second half to get Jeff Green at the 4. But also because Olynyk had a slow start.
Brad Stevens calls Marcus Smart "an energy-raiser."
Even Rajon Rondo wondered why Marcus Smart passed up that wide open layup to find Marcus Thornton for 3.
It seems like whenever Marcus Smart turns the ball over... it's a guaranteed steal for him on the other end to make up for his mistake.
Jared Sullinger (11 points, 9 rebs) and Marcus Smart (10 points, 2 rebs) are playing well, but the Celtics trail the Nets 51-40 at halftime.
Marcus Smart is fun.
B. Stevens on Marcus Smart: "He has ultimate physical talent. He's got physical strength. He's got great agility...He's really unscreenable"
Marcus Smart got bigger in the last quarter. He's still trick or treat (drills 3/airballs 3 on consecuitive possessions), but he's tough.
Brad Stevens on Marcus Smart's mindset, which helped him take over late in the fourth quarter: "His M.O. has been competitive will."
Marcus Smart sinks three free throws to make it an 89-87 game with 39.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Ice in his (preseason) veins!
Green appears to be okay but checked out of the game for now. Marcus Smart comes into the game.