Celtics guard Marcus Smart attributes the team’s sluggish start to stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown “not wanting to pass the ball” — but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
As a defensive specialist and the longest-tenured Celtic, Smart should know better than anyone that Boston’s issues stem from defense.
After allowing 128 points to the Bulls in their latest defeat, the Celtics’ 2-5 start is their worst through seven games since the 2006-07 season when they finished 24-58.
Smart signed a four-year extension this offseason worth up to $77 million, but he isn’t contributing much on the offensive end.
For someone who wants the ball, he’s shooting just 29.3% from the field and 28.2% from three.
It’s a troubling sign for the future of a trio that had Boston two wins away from making the NBA Finals two seasons back.