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Smart out tonight - Schroder expected to start and set the pace

 With the news that Marcus Smart won't play this evening versus the Washington Wizards due to a non-COVID issue, we can expect Dennis Schroder to get the start once again. Over the last two games, the German import has averaged 35.2 MPG, 22.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 7.0 APG and 1.0 SPG - all while hitting 53% on 3-pointers. It was known that Dennis was going to be a pace-setter for Boston. But the 3-point accuracy was not (per MassLive):



“He (Schroder) upped the pace, increased the pace as soon as he got in tonight, but he’s done that in the last three games, all season, actually,” Udoka said. “More so making shots in these last three games when he started the last two on the road. But his pace changes our tempo, changes our team, and we get out and get much more easy baskets. So he’s finding his groove overall. We gotta get more off the bench, but we can’t just say that because some of our starters struggled as well.”

Schroder opted to go with Boston's team-friendly deal this season, and it appears that may work out well for both parties. This tough, slender point guard doesn't know the meaning of lethargy or relaxation once he takes to the court. 

Here's hoping Marcus is well and back in action soon. The "Wise Guys" pairing of Schroder (pronounced "shrewder", denoting astuteness) and Smart (name speaks for itself) is one we can expect anytime Coach Udoka feels the need to disrupt the opposition's offensive attack.


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