Marcus Smart criticizes Celtics’ attack after recent losses: ‘I can only do so much by standing in the corner’

The Boston Celtics have not been good at starting the season. They are in 26th place in defense and 19th in attack, which has resulted in a 2-5 start. To make matters worse, the Celtics could have gotten a tough win against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night after leading by 19 points in the third quarter, but they wasted it and lost the game.

When the last buzzer sounded, Celtics point guard Marcus Smart was very blunt in his response to what went wrong with the Celtics to start the season.

“Every team knows we’re going to Jayson [Tatum] and Jaylen [Brown], and every team is programmed and studying to stop Jayson and Jaylen, “Smart said.” I think everyone’s scouting report is to get those guys to try to send the ball. They do not want to pass the ball and that is something they want to learn. They are still learning and we are proud of the progress they are making, but they will have to take another step and find ways in which they can not only create for themselves but also create for others on this team.

“To open the field for them later in the match, where they don’t always have to take the hard shots or take hard matchups when they get 1-on-1 and see a trap. Just reading that it’s something we I have asked them to do it and they are learning. We just have to keep helping those guys do it and help our team. “

Smart didn’t just stop there, he kept talking about how he would like to see his role change within the attack. Asked how he thinks he can help guide the offensive to become more effective, Smart shouted how he is often referred to stand in the corner.

“There’s only so much I can do without the ball in my hands, I’m just standing in the corner,” Smart said. “When we run plays for your best players, every team knows it and they do a good job of shutting it down. We can not allow that. When they shut it down, we can not keep trying to go. to the guys we have to interrupt it and find them another way to get them the ball in places where they need the ball.And as I said to myself I can only do so much when I stand in the corner, or when I get up and give the ball away. “

Smart does not err in his assessment of Boston’s attack, it is very isolation-heavy for both Tatum and Brown, and when it does not work, it often results in a last-second shot attempt, which often does not go in. So far this season, the Celtics rank 27th in the league in isolated offense, and Tatum ranks in the 23rd percentile in isolated scoring. These are not big numbers. Although both Tatum and Brown are talented goal scorers, it will not yield good results when opposing teams know what you want to do each turn down the floor.

The Celtics need to find more creative ways to not only get Tatum and Brown to get the ball, but also get others involved in the attack. It comes down to head coach Ime Udoka and his coaching staff using more creative offensive sets so his team can run. Otherwise, the Celtics will continue to run into the same problem all season.

The second part of this is Smart criticizing Tatum and Brown’s inability to send the ball. It’s an area that both players could certainly improve on, especially in situations where the defense starts to swarm them and they settle for a hard jumper instead of going out of it. But now that Smart has spoken publicly about it, we might see a more coherent offensive from Boston going forward.

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