Young core guys like Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger stepped up big, but the most important sign was Marcus Smart’s late deep shooting.
Marcus Smart back from injury and knocking down three's. That will help Boston recover from Rondo. Smart is now the face of the franchise.
Marcus Smart has all 8 of his points in the 4th quarter. For one night, it appears the post-Rondo era in Boston is off a strong start.
Marcus Smart available tonight for a Celtics team now without Rajon Rondo
Stevens doesn't know how PG situation will unfold. Said Marcus Smart has to get healthy first and stay that way. He's available tonight.
Rookie point guard Marcus Smart is available for tonight's game vs. Minnesota.
Marcus Smart is available tonight.
Low key, Marcus Smart now becomes a very serious contender for rookie of the year if he can get 65-ish games in.
Focus for now rightfully on Rondo leaving, but much of this is really about Marcus Smart and when C's can realistically be good.
Celtics paid lip service to the idea that a Rondo/Marcus Smart backcourt could work long term. That was a pipe dream. It's Smart's team now.
This clears the way for Marcus Smart to get minutes at the point -- and he can learn from veteran in Jameer Nelson.
Marcus Smart (strained left Achilles') available for practice today. Stevens: "We'll see how it goes."
Brad Stevens says Marcus Smart is scheduled to participate in today's practice.
Marcus Smart available today as expected, per Stevens.
Marcus Smart will not play tonight for the Celtics vs. Magic.
Marcus Smart out
Marcus Smart is officially out tonight. He's missed 13 of the first 23 games. Boston is +30 when he's on the court, -59 when he's not.
Sin Rondo es difícil que Boston reclute buenos agentes libres en '15. Confían en recibir buenos picks del Draft y el futuro de Marcus Smart.
Julius Randle, Joel Embiid & Jabari Parker all done for the yr. Marcus Smart & Aaron Gordon also dealt w/ injuries in their rookie campaign
Man, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle out for season, Joel Embiid may miss year, Doug McDermott, Marcus Smart, Aaron Gordon down. This sucks.