Marcus Smart confident that Celtics will turn things around
The sirens aren’t blaring around the Boston Celtics quite yet, but Tuesday’s 118-95 drubbing at the hands of the Toronto Raptors certainly won’t silence the concerns that are growing in bulk. Consider guard Marcus Smart not one of those concerned parties. After the game, Smart told Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal that, “We’re not together,” but remained confident that the team would be able to get on the same page, likely sometime before the start of the postseason.
Smart logged just 24 minutes in the loss, finishing with five points and four rebounds, seeing his offensive role severely diminished yet again. Despite being entrenched in the starting five and receiving ample minutes, Smart has scored in double figures just once in his last seven contests.
For the fourth time this season, Boston has lost three games in a row. They are yet to lose four in a row at any point. They won’t have to wait long to find out if they can keep that trend alive, as they’ll face the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, the second leg of a back-to-back. The Blazers won the only other match-up between the two teams this season back on Nov. 11.
For all the discussion of discord around the Celtics, the team remains in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, firmly in control of a playoff spot. Their struggles have been amplified by the team openly acknowledging that even past the 60-game mark, they’re still struggling to find a rhythm with all of their pieces healthy and available.