Gordon Hayward is really getting crushed tonight, so it's probably worth pointing out that the guy is averaging 16, 6 and 4 on 51 percent shooting, and has a +6.5 net rating that's the same as Kemba's and better than Jaylen's and Smart's.
The takeaways? ** Defense the clear culprit in this January swoon. ** Celtics still rank Top 5 in many key metrics in spite of it halfway through the season. ** Last year's Celtics peaked in January...still were just 25-16 through 41. ** Schedule stays rough next two weeks...
marcus smart holding the single game 3 pt franchise record for a team that had larry bird, dana barros, amir johnson, and ray allen is probably the most ironic and triumphant fact in nba history. his development over his career is truly remarkable and endlessly entertaining.
I don't want to start a thing...particularly when temperatures are running a little hot in the room here...but this is why I've been saying, and will continue to say that Marcus Smart should be the captain of this team. Because really, he already is.