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Studs and Duds: Celtics fall to Magic, snap 5-game win streak 01.31.16 at 8:55 pm ET
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Jan 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (23) shoots around Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during the first quarter of a basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Magic guard Mario Hezonja shoots around Celtics forward Amir Johnson during the first quarter at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

The Celtics saw their five-game winning streak snapped in a 119-114 loss to the Magic on Sunday in Orlando.

The hosts prevailed on the strength of a 72-point second half, overcoming a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to lead by as many as 11 in the fourth.

The Celtics cut the deficit to 3 with 14 seconds left to play on a four-point play by Marcus Smart, but the comeback fell short.

Evan Fournier (24) and rookie Mario Herzonja (17) led the Magic, combining for 41 points off the bench. Four other Magic scored in double figures.

Smart matched his career-high with 26 points including seven in a five-second span during the frenetic comeback. Isaiah Thomas had 23 and  Avery Bradley added 22.

The (27-22) Celtics are now tied with the Atlanta Hawks for fourth in the Eastern Conference, one-half game behind the Chicago Bulls.

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Marcus Smart addresses on-court argument with Jae Crowder: ‘Me and Jae are good’ 01.11.16 at 10:32 am ET
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In the Celtics‘ 101-98 loss against Memphis on Sunday, there was a play that drew the attention of most of the Celtics team.

With the Celtics down 93-92 and a 17-second difference between the shot clock and game clock, the plan appeared to be to play the possession out and get a stop, but Marcus Smart pressed up on Greg Chalmers fouled him, which seemed to upset many of his teammates, including Jae Crowder who ran at him stomping his feet.

After the game, Smart accepted responsibility for the bad play and said there’s no hard feelings between he and Crowder.

“He was just telling me we didn’t need to foul there,” Smart said to reporters. “It was heat of the moment, two players, competitors going at it, both mad at each other. I’m mad at myself. He’s mad at me because I made a play. But me and Jae are good. That’s supposed to happen. I made a bad play.”

The Celtics have now lost three straight and five of their last six.

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Studs and Duds: No defense for Marcus Smart-less Celtics 11.24.15 at 10:55 pm ET
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Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

We knew Marcus Smart was key to the Celtics‘ success. We just didn’t know he was this key.

The Celtics entered Tuesday night’s game ranked fourth in points allowed per 100 possessions (96.6) and should be demoted 10 spots just for their effort in a 121-97 loss to the Hawks. This comes two nights after the Celtics (7-7) allowed 111 points in a loss to the lowly Nets.

After an R.J. Hunter jumper cut Atlanta’s lead to six two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Hawks outscored the C’s by a 38-20 margin on 14-of-18 shooting (77.8 percent) down the stretch.

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 25 points, but the Hawks (10-6) countered with seven players in double figures, led by Paul Millsap’s 25 points and nine rebounds. If the playoffs started today, the Celtics would be on the outside looking in. They are as close to the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference as they are to the eighth seed, and Smart won’t be back for at least a week.

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Source: Marcus Smart, Evan Turner undergo MRIs for knee issues 11.21.15 at 11:59 am ET
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Celtics guards Marcus Smart and Evan Turner at New England Baptist Hospital underwent MRIs to evaluate meniscal damage following Friday night’s blowout win over the Nets, a source told WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia.

Smart left the 120-95 victory with 9:26 remaining in the fourth quarter and was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a bruised left knee. Turner played the final 16:07 of the win.

The results of the MRIs and extent of the damage to their knees is unknown. Medical personnel fear damage to Turner’s meniscus and poplitel tendon and a tibiofibular subluxation for Smart, according to the source.

Turner suffered a right knee strain during the preseason, but has not missed a game in a Celtics uniform, playing all 82 contests last season. Smart missed three games with a toe injury earlier this season and 15 games last year. The Celtics are not scheduled to practice on Saturday and are planning to leave for Sunday’s rematch with the Nets in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE: Smart (lower left leg injury) will not travel with the team on its two-game road trip to Brooklyn and Atlanta, but Turner (right leg strain) will and should be available for Sunday’s game, the team announced.

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Stud and Duds: Marcus Smart leads Celtics past Thunder 11.15.15 at 10:15 pm ET
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After staying within striking distance in the first half, Marcus Smart and the Celtics turned a seven-point halftime deficit into a double-digit lead with a 27-6, second-half run en route to a 100-85 win at Oklahoma City.

Smart scored 15 of his career-high 26 points in the third quarter, propelling the C’s offense in the second half. Isaiah Thomas‘ nine-point fourth quarter pushed the Celtics‘ lead to 88-76 with 6:38 left, and Boston’s defense held Oklahoma City to 11 fourth-quarter points, stifling any comeback attempt. Thomas finished with 20 points and eight assists. Avery Bradley returned from injury to score 14 points off the bench. Jae Crowder added 10 points, while Jared Sullinger grabbed 15 rebounds to go along with eight points.

Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 27 points and Serge Ibaka had a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) for the Thunder.

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STUD OF THE NIGHT: Marcus Smart. Smart went off, scoring his 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting (3-4 3P) opposite Westbrook. He also played solid defense and made big stops in the second half (see the Vine of the night below).

DUD OF THE NIGHTEvan Turner. Turner struggled offensively against the Thunder, scoring just points on 1-of-5 shooting and collecting three assists against two turnovers. However, he did finish plus-12 in 24 minutes.

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Marcus Smart dislocates 2 fingers in summer league game 07.17.15 at 6:36 am ET
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Marcus Smart dislocated two fingers on his right hand during the Celtics‘ summer league game Thursday night in Las Vegas, the team announced.

Midway through the second quarter, Smart was attempting to track down a rebound when he dove over Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh and landed on his hand. Smart immediately left the game for X-rays, which showed no break, and he was diagnosed with dislocations of his index and middle fingers.

Smart tweeted later: Thanks to everyone for the prayers thanks to the staff for all that they did to help just a minor set back for major comeback.

The 21-year-old Smart is preparing for his second season after being selected sixth overall in the 2014 draft. He averaged 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 27 minutes in 67 games last season.

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Celtics summer league scouting reports: Marcus Smart, James Young, Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey 07.08.15 at 1:03 pm ET
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Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

Before we get to our Celtics scouting reports, a few quick thoughts …

  • Are we ever going to see Colton Iverson in a Celtics uniform?
  • Isn’t it time CSNNE stops advertising its free agency coverage?
  • Has somebody told C.J. Fair to stop shooting yet?
  • Should we be concerned when Marcus Smart, James Young, Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey closed Monday’s loss to the Utah Jazz as a unit, and Rodney Hood was the best player on the floor?
  • How long until Jay Larranaga becomes a head coach in the NBA?

… OK, now to the scouting reports. We’ve seen some good and some bad from each of the young C’s in Monday’s 100-82 loss to the Jazz and Tuesday’s 76-62 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Below are the pros and cons we’ve seen so far.

MARCUS SMART

  • Jazz 100, Celtics 82: 26 points (6-20 FG, 2-10 3P, 12-13 FT), eight assists (2 turnovers), five rebounds, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.
  • Sixers 76, Celtics 62: DNP (rest)

PROS

+ Getting to the rim: Using strength to get to basket and draw fouls more often
+ Court savvy: Drawing fouls, posting up smaller defenders, etc.
+ Elite defender: Stopped quick guards Dante Exum and Bryce Cotton in tracks
+ Pick and roll: Improved orchestration of game’s most important offensive play
+ Grit: Constantly fighting for position and not afraid of contact on both ends
+ Court vision: Improved decision-making on interior passes
+ Defensive rebounding: Size and strength helps assist bigs on the glass

CONS

Shot selection: Way too many contested long 2’s and 3’s early in the shot clock
Shooting form: Still doesn’t square up his feet enough
Gambler: Can be beat backdoor defensively off the ball
Reputation: Seemingly inadvertent elbow on Jack Cooley earned a flagrant foul

JAMES YOUNG

  • Jazz 100, Celtics 82: 12 points (4-11 FG, 1-5 3P, 3-4 FT), three rebounds and one assist (1 turnover) in 30 minutes.
  • Sixers 76, Celtics 62: Nine points (2-11 FG, 1-7 3P, 4-5 FT), one rebound, one steal and zero assists (0 turnovers) in 21 minutes.

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