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.

Stars, studs, and duds: Bradley lone bright spot in Celtics' Game 5 loss

Stars, studs, and duds: Bradley lone bright spot in Celtics' Game 5 loss

BOSTON –  The Boston Celtics’ season is officially over following their 135-102 Game 5 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the game. 

 

STARS

LeBron James

He was indeed the ultimate closer once again, leading all players with 35 points on 13-for-18 shooting with eight rebounds and eight assists. 

Avery Bradley

Not the way he would have liked the season to end, but Bradley once again showed great leadership in the face of adversity. He led the Celtics with 23 points on 10-for-20 shooting with four rebounds and an assist. 

Kyrie Irving

Boston continued to struggle keeping him from being extremely efficient scoring the ball. He had 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting with seven assists. 

 

STUDS

Kevin Love

Most of his points came early in the game, a trend we saw most of this series with him. He finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists. 

Deron Williams

His scoring in the first half was among the keys to Cleveland pulling away and never looking back. He had 14 points for the game on 5-for-6 shooting.

Jae Crowder

He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (3-for-8 shooting), but you had to love his toughness and rugged play not just in Game 5 but in this entire series. He had 11 points and six rebounds to go with three assists. 

 

DUDS

Kelly Olynyk

They needed him to have a “Game 7 versus Washington” kind of night, and that just never materialized. He had seven points while missing six of his eight shot attempts.

Marcus Smart

Aside from Game 3 when he made seven 3’s, Smart didn’t maximize his opportunity to be a suitable replacement for the injured Isaiah Thomas. Game 5 was another rough one for Smart who had six points on 2-for-7 shooting with five rebounds and two assists with five turnovers.