Smart collected 11 points (4-15 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 103-100 loss to the Bucks. Although the shooting percentage Wednesday night was atrocious and it wasn't his best game dishing the rock, Smart had an unbelievable game on the boards, grabbing a season-high 11 rebounds with five of those coming on offense. Smart was the only bench player to earn significant time Wednesday as the Celtics stuck mostly with a six-player rotation, but even with the plethora of minutes, he remains a mediocre fantasy option at best due to his lack of ability to shoot efficiently and collect boards like he did Wednesday.
Smart is expected to return to a bench role for Monday's game against the Wizards, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports. Smart picked up two consecutive starts in place of the injured Isaiah Thomas (knee), but with Thomas back to full strength and reclaiming the starting point guard role, Smart will head back to the bench. After logging 35 minutes Sunday against the 76ers, Smart should see his playing time drop into the upper 20's, although he'll still provide some value as one of the team's top bench options despite the demotion to the second unit.
Smart posted eight points (3-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and two steals from 35 minutes in Sunday's 105-99 loss at Philadelphia. Sunday marked Smart's second straight start due to Isaiah Thomas' (knee) absence. Unfortunately, Smart's shooting woes continued. He's now shooting 32 percent over 10 games in March. For these past two starts, he's shot six for 26. Thomas is hoping to return Monday, meaning Smart will probably return to the bench and play roughly 25-29 minutes versus Washington.
Smart totaled 12 points (3-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five assists, three rebounds and three steals across 29 minutes during a 98-95 win over the Nets on Friday. Smart got the start with Isaiah Thomas (knee) sidelined and had a decent all-around line other than the terrible field goal percentage. Thomas has also been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Wizards, so Smart will be looking at another start in that one. Even as a starter, Smart is risky to own, as he's shooting 29.8 percent from the field over the last five games.
Coach Brad Stevens confirmed that Smart would start at point guard Friday against the Nets and Sunday against the 76ers. Smart was always considered the most likely candidate to enter the starting five after the Celtics announced Thursday that All-Star Isaiah Thomas (knee) would miss the next two contests, so Stevens' comments don't come as much of a surprise. While Smart won't be in store for a significant bump in playing time with the move to the starting five, he's turned in superior production on the top unit compared to when he's come off the bench this season, so he'll gain some fantasy value in the short term. In his 22 starts on the season, Smart is averaging 12.1 points (on 40.4% shooting from the field), 4.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.3 three-pointers in 34.3 minutes per contest.
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