The case for starting Marcus Smart

It feels strange to nitpick a team fresh off one one of the longest win streaks in franchise history, but despite how impressive the Celtics have looked this year, there’s still room for improvement. It’s not an overreaction to Wednesday’s loss to Miami to suggest that the Celtics need a rotation change; if anything, the Heat loss highlighted some issues that have plagued the team even during their 16 consecutive wins. They’re prone to slow starts, the second unit can cough up leads with a lack of offensive presence, and they’ve been reliant on fourth-quarter heroics from Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum to beat weaker teams like Atlanta and Brooklyn. I have one suggestion that may help with all of these issues, however, and it’s something I never really expected to consider: starting Marcus Smart.