Dooling's retirement gives Smith an opportunity

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Dooling's retirement gives Smith an opportunity

MILAN - For most of the summer it appeared as though Boston would fill its few remaining roster spots with wing players.

In the second round the C's drafted Kris Joseph, a small forward out of Syracuse. They also brought into camp Dionte Christmas after a strong showing on the C's summer league squad.

But the Celtics know better than most how quickly things change. And when they do, so do needs.

That's exactly what has happened to Boston with the unexpected retirement of guard Keyon Dooling which has created a void of sorts in the backcourt.

And that void has opened up an opportunity for Jamar Smith, a combo guard who also got an invite to training camp based on his play with the Celtic's summer league club.

"That's a big loss," said Doc Rivers, referring to Dooling's departure. "Even as a coach, I don't think you realize it, that it's a loss, until you see it on the floor in a game and you realize, 'that's a bigger loss than I thought.'"

Rivers added, "I'm hoping we can figure that out without going out and getting another body. Jamar has a chance."

Smith played some point during Boston's 97-91 loss to Fenebahce Ulker on Friday.

He finished with two points on 1-for-4 shooting with an assist, a rebound and two turnovers in just over 12 minutes of action.

Smith, a former Division II player of the year at Southern Indiana, spent last season with BK Prostejov in the Czech Republic where he averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists per game. In addition, he was named Czech League all-star.

During the 2010-2011 season, Smith was in New England as a member of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League where he averaged 13.6 points, five assists and 1.02 steals per game.

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas earns All-NBA team votes

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Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas earns All-NBA team votes

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas was among the breakout performers in the NBA this past season, earning the Celtics guard his first All-Star appearance in the process. 

And when the league announced its three All-NBA teams on Thursday, Thomas was among the contingent of players receiving votes.
 
Thomas, who averaged a career-high 22.2 points per game this past season, received a total of 20 points which was more than perennial standouts Pau Gasol (16 points) of Chicago, Dirk Nowitzki (8 points) of Dallas and New York’s Carmelo Anthony (2 points).
 
Golden State’s Stephen Curry was a unanimous first-team selection as he was named to the first team on all 129 ballots submitted for a total of 645 points. Points for first, second and third team nominations were awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
 
Joining Curry on the first team was LeBron James who was named to the first Team for the 10th time in his 13 NBA seasons; San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
 
The second team includes Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland’s Damian Lillard.

On the third team, there’s Paul George of Indiana, LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Andre Drummond of Detroit, Klay Thompson of Golden State and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.