Smith totaled six points (3-7 FG) and three rebounds across 16 minutes during a 115-87 loss to the Magic on Friday. Smith got his second consecutive start at point guard but played only 16 minutes as the team got destroyed by Orlando. Reggie Jackson had a better overall game off the bench, as he received a few more minutes in the blowout. Smith's two starts have not resulted in wins for the team, so his days as a starter could be limited with the team battling for a playoff spot.
Smith will make his second straight start at point guard Friday against the Magic, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports. After essentially matching or surpassing Reggie Jackson's outputs for the better part of the last two months, coach Stan Van Gundy finally rewarded Smith with a promotion to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Bulls. While Smith wasn't awful with nine points (4-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt), seven assists, three steals and one rebound in 25 minutes, the Pistons still were on the wrong end of the blowout, so it wasn't guaranteed that the 28-year-old would receive another start. Van Gundy has decided to give Smith another look with the top unit, but the coach hasn't committed to keeping the point guard in that role for the rest of the season. As such, Smith will likely need to either raise his performance or keep the Pistons more competitive Friday in order to maintain his spot in the starting five. At least in the short term, Smith should benefit from a slight bump in minutes, but he'll still largely be stuck in a timeshare with Jackson at point guard.
Smith will start at point guard in Wednesday's game against the Bulls, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports. The move comes a day after Smith played 28 minutes off the bench to Jackson's 20 and saw key minutes in crunch time for the Pistons. Smith recorded 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in his time Tuesday, and he'll have the opportunity to have similar production with a similar dosage of minutes as a starter Wednesday. There is no report as to whether or not this switch will extend beyond Wednesday's contest, however.
Smith scored 16 points (8-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt) while adding seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in 28 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 98-96 loss to the Nets. With Reggie Jackson struggling once again, Smith got extra court time and helped spark a late rally for the Pistons that eventually fell short. The 28-year-old has played at least 20 minutes in five straight games, averaging 10.8 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 boards and 1.0 steals, but as long as Smith remains on the second unit his fantasy contributions will be erratic.
Smith posted 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 FT), three assists and three rebounds over 28 minutes in Wednesday's 97-83 loss to the Pistons. Smith has been outplaying Reggie Jackson off the bench and Coach Stan Van Gundy has noticed, as he considered starting Smith over Jackson as recently as Saturday. In the month of March, Smith is outplaying Jackson in assists, rebounds and field-goal percentage per game, with the shooting percentage being the most disparate, as Smith is outshooting Jackson 47.1 to 43.6 percent. With the Pistons in a free-fall, Gundy may consider giving Smith more playing time, which makes him an intriguing DFS tournament option in the last few weeks of the regular season.
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