Marcus Smart Calls for Improvement in Celtics Offense

Smart is tired of standing in the corner.

Smart is tired of standing in the corner.

The Boston Celtics have had a less-than-stellar start to their season, having lost the past three games. According to point guard Marcus Smart, one of the primary culprits in this losing streak is a weak offensive strategy.

“Every team knows we’re going to Jayson [Tatum] and Jaylen [Brown], and every team is programmed and studies to stop Jayson and Jaylen,” Smart told CBS reporters after the Celtics’ latest lost to the Chicago Bulls. “I think everybody’s scouting report is to make those guys try and pass the ball. They don’t want to pass the ball and that’s something that they’re going to learn. They’re still learning and we’re proud of the progress they are making, but they are going to have to make another step and find ways to not only create for themselves but create for others on this team.”

Smart also explained his dissatisfaction with his own role on the court. “There’s only so much I can do without the ball in my hands, I just stand in the corner,” he said. “When we’re running plays for your best players, every team knows that and they do a good job of shutting that down. We can’t allow that, when they shut that down we can’t keep trying to go to those guys, we gotta abort that and find them another way to get them the ball in spots that they need the ball. And like I said for me, I can only do so much standing in the corner, or when I come up and give the ball away.”

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