Celtics' Marcus Smart Rapidly Improving 3-Point Success

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Marcus Smart. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A video surfaced over the weekend of Marcus Smart draining a dozen three-pointers in a row during practice.

 

But, most Celtics fans are quick to point out that kind of success hasn't translated to games.

Now in his fifth season, the guard's a career 30 percent shooter from distance. Not good.

But, dig deeper. Smart's improving. This season, he's approaching 35 percent from 3. That's league average.

With last night's 4-for-8 performance in a blowout of the Nets, Smart's knocked down 44 percent of his treys over his last 11 games.

"I've been working hard on it, so, you know, I'm ready to show it off, and if you're gonna give me the chance to, I'm gonna take it," Smart said.

Coach Brad Stevens said he's not surprised.

"I've always felt like he's continued to work hard, he's going to continue to work better," Stevens said. "I think that this year he's been really good about playing off of others. He's not looking for it--he's looking for other people, he's looking to make plays for other people. But when the ball finds him in those spots, we need him to take those and make those. He has all year. He works hard at it. He deserves to make them. We've always thought he's got guts. He's gonna make 'em when it all matters, so it's good to see him having some success from behind there."

Celts will host the Pacers tomorrow.

WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

 

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