• Marcus Smart started for injured Isaiah Thomas (groin) in the Celtics’ 101-94 loss to the Raptors on Friday, scoring 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting with three treys, four rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes.

    Smart will have low-end value while Thomas is out and that might not last long with the way things have looked for the Celtics this year.  Al Horford (19 points, seven boards, six assists, one steal, one block, three treys) picked up some slack, as did Avery Bradley (19 points, five boards, five threes), and Jae Crowder (seven points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal, 2-of-11 FGs) longed for the days when he had easier looks.  To that end, it was funny to hear talk about Thomas and the ball movement in Boston.  It was almost like Pete D’Alessandro was leaking stuff to fans and bloggers all over again. 

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