PHOENIX -- Rumors of unhappy players, a bottom-five offense in the NBA and a 6-4 record ... while there have been plenty of highlights mixed in, the first 10 games of the season have been largely underwhelming for the Celtics, given the talent that this team has littered throughout the roster. They may have a deeper team than anyone in the league, but that group has not been clicking together collectively consistently for more than a month now, dating back to the preseason.
Marcus Smart may be one of the younger Celtics on the roster at age 24 but he's also the longest-tenured Celtic. He's been through the trenches with Brad Stevens through four of his years in Boston and has watched the coach make things work with a wide array of rosters with far less talent than this one.
So when asked about what makes him so confident that this group will put the pieces together despite a mix of different lineups and roles through the first ten games of the year, Smart kept it fairly simple: