Celtics

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BOSTON -- When it comes to describing Marcus Smart’s game, there are many words to choose from. 

Three-point shooter? 

That won’t make the cut for most people’s list, but it doesn’t matter because isn’t just an improved three-point shooter this season but one of the Boston Celtics’ all-time great 3-point shooters. 

Wait. 

Let me type that again just to make sure this isn’t some weird dream. 

Marcus Smart made all four of his 3-point shots in Boston’s 107-96 win over the Washington Wizards. 

He now has 418 career 3-pointers with the Celtics which puts him in seventh place on the franchise’s all-time leaders list, just ahead of Walter McCarty (417).

“I didn’t know that,” Smart told NBC Sports Boston when told he was seventh on the franchise’s all-time list of made 3-pointers. “I’m sure nobody would have thought that.”

But Smart has diligently worked on improving as a 3-point shooter, doing it the only way that makes sense -- keep taking them. 

And this season more than any other, Smart’s long-range shooting has been among the keys to Boston’s offense which is 10th in the NBA in offensive rating (110.0).

 

“It takes us to another level,” said Boston’s Al Horford who added, “it makes us that much better.”

Smart made all four of his 3-pointers against the Wizards. 

But what really stood out to Horford wasn’t so much the ones he made, but the ones he turned down throughout the game. 

“Marcus was very selective in the shots that he was taking,” Horford said. “He was seeing the floor very well; if he didn’t feel good about something he was passing it away.”

And while Smart feels good about being one of the franchise’s all-time leaders in 3-pointers, he is far from satisfied. 

“I feel I got enough time to be here, hopefully I can be in the top five or even the top two,” said Smart who is shooting a career-best 36.5 percent from 3-point range this season. 

The only players in franchise history ahead of Smart in 3-pointers made are Isaiah Thomas (460); Avery Bradley (520); Larry Bird (649); Ray Allen (798); Antoine Walker (937) and the franchise leader Paul Pierce (1,823).

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