Smart generated 15 points (5-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 26 minutes during the Celtics' 102-95 preseason loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday. Smart enjoyed a sharp night from the field, a relative rarity for the defensive-minded wing. The 24-year-old's scoring total led the Celtics on the night and represented a nice boost from his four-point exhibition debut Sunday against the Hornets. Despite the success on the scoreboard Tuesday, Smart's primary contributions in the coming season will once again come on the other end of the floor, where he's expected to provide his trademark shutdown defense off the bench behind starting two-guard Jaylen Brown, and on occasion, at small forward in relief of Gordon Hayward.
Smart (personal) contributed four points (1-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one steal across 18 minutes during the Celtics' 115-112 preseason win over the Hornets on Sunday. Smart was back with the team after missing Friday's exhibition opener against the Hornets for personal reasons. The 24-year-old is expected to once again offer his suffocating defense off the bench after averaging over a steal per game for the fourth time in as many seasons to start his career during the 2017-18 campaign. Smart remains limited offensively, but his ability to offer solid contributions across the rest of the stat sheet and typically solid second-unit minutes keep him viable in deeper formats.
Smart (personal) has rejoined the Celtics and will play in Sunday's preseason matchup with the Hornets, Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal reports. Smart missed Friday's preseason opener against the Hornets due to a personal matter, but has since rejoined the team. He'll slot in as depth in the backcourt, but he may not see a huge workload considering it's just an exhibition contest. Smart is expected to battle Terry Rozier for backcourt minutes off the bench this season.
Smart is not with the Celtics for Friday's game against the Hornets, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports. All the Celtics have said about the situation is that Smart is dealing with a personal issue, but he's expected to rejoin the team sometime over the weekend. Consider him questionable to participate in Sunday's rematch with the Hornets.
Smart agreed Thursday with the Celtics on a four-year contract worth up to $52 million, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. Smart was one of the last big names still available on the market, but his status as a restricted free agent always made it likely that a return to Boston was likely if the Celtics had the roster space available. Though he has major shortcomings as a shooter and floor general, the 24-year-old Smart has already carved out a reputation as one of the league's top perimeter defenders. With both Kyrie Irving (knee) and Terry Rozier seemingly on track to stay put in Boston for the start of the season, Smart will have difficultly carving out a much larger role after averaging just under 30 minutes per game in 2017-18. His status as a third or fourth option on offense when he's on the court in addition to his poor percentages make him better in real-life terms rather than the fantasy realm.
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