Marcus Smart matches up w Raptor's 48 million dollar man Kyle Lowry

According to Emily Austen at Marcus Smart will start out this evening matched up on Toronto's Kyle Lowry who just signed a 4 year 48 million dollar deal with Toronto this offseason:

This means Smart will be making his third straight preseason start at the point guard position for Boston and the Oklahoma State product has already very much impressed coach Brad Stevens with his defensive prowess:
“I’ve coached a lot of really bright guys, now, at a lot of different ages. Very, very, very, very few at 20-years-old can see the game and react to the game defensively like that. Now, he has the ability to react athletically, too. He can really move. He’s very physical. But I’ve said this before, he was really well-coached. And combine that with, he’s got a really good savvy for the game.”

Lowry will present a unique challenge for Smart, however as he will be the first guard the rookie has faced who can both spot up and create extremely well off the dribble.

In addition to close to 18 points Lowry averaged over 7 assists per game last season which will be a test for Smart's uniquely quick hands.

The Celtics as a team also should be tested as they have started the preseason out very well going 2-0 but Toronto on the road will be their most difficult challenge yet.

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