With half of the Celtics' season in the books, we took a closer look at each player in the Celtics rotation to find a surprising or telling number about their season so far.
10 -- Number of charges drawn by Kyrie Irving this season: The All-Star point guard has only played half of the regular season, but he has managed to top the total number of charges he compiled over the last two seasons combined (nine). It’s tied for the team-lead with Marcus Smart, who was among the league leaders in the NBA last season. Irving has acknowledged he is trying to match Aron Baynes and Smart, who have combined for 30 and 40 charges over the past two seasons respectively.
“I just try to beat guys to the spot as much as possible and just be in the right spots," Irving explained recently. "(Smart’s) always in the right spots, so why wouldn’t you want to watch a guy like that? And Baynes is always in the right spots, so give credit to those guys’ instinct and their length and what they use to create defensive havoc.”
36.8 -- 3-point shooting percentage for Marcus Smart: The fifth-year guard is in the midst of one of the biggest shooting turnarounds of the season thanks to a red-hot January in which he’s knocking down 53.7 percent of his attempts from downtown. Smart, who is a 30 percent career 3-point shooter, is currently on track to finish ahead of the likes of Jayson Tatum and Klay Thompson with his shooting accuracy, although he has a long way to go to sustain it over a 82-game stretch. If it does, this will be a game changer for the Celtics during this postseason.
“I thought he was going to have a really good shooting year last year,” Brad Stevens said Friday night. “He put in a lot of time and work over the summer and then he had a couple of hand injuries and I think that that set him back for that season. But you could see that there was a foundation there that was going to really pay off. You know, he’s always made big shots but you could see that his shot had really improved, so it was unfortunate about the injuries. And then this year, it’s looked good all year.”