Marcus Smart: ‘Only so much I can do without the ball in my hands’

The Boston Celtics point guard had some choice words on Monday evening about the play of his teammates Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

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MARCUS SMART: Only so much I can do without the ball in my hands. I just [INAUDIBLE] stand in the corner. We run in place for our best players, every team knows that.

We-- you know, they do a good job of shutting that down. I mean, you know, we can't allow that. You know, when they shut that down we can't keep trying to go to those guys. We've got to, you know, abort that, and, you know, find another way to get them involved in spots that they need the ball.

And like I said for me, it's-- I can only do so much with just standing in the corner, or when I come up and give the ball away. Every team knows we're trying to go to Jason and [INAUDIBLE]. And every team is programmed and studied to stop Jason and [INAUDIBLE]. I think everybody's [INAUDIBLE] make those guys try to pass the ball.

They don't want to pass the ball, you know, that's something that they're going to learn. They're still learning, you know? And we're proud of the progress they're making. But they're going to have to make another step and find ways to not only create for themselves, but create for others on this team, to open up the court for them later down in the game where they don't have to always take those tough shots or take tough match-ups when they do get the one to one, and then you bring them a trap.

Just reading that. And it's something that, you know, we've been asking for them to do. And they're learning, you know? So we just got to continue to help those guys do that and to help our team.