Ideally, coach Ime Udoka would like this game as a dress rehearsal, with all their main rotational pieces available to play. This presents an opportunity for many players to either get more playing time or make the final roster.
2 Boston Celtics will benefit from the extra playing time on Friday
As Smart is a primary ball-handler, coach Udoka will get to take a look at potential other ball-handlers to lead the offense off the bench.
As for Friday’s game, he will likely get much more of a chance to run with the starting lineup, giving both Boston Celtics fans and coach Udoka an idea of what type of a fit he will be next to guys such as JT. Can both Schröder and Tatum, two ball-centric players, operate on the same floor together? Dennis has been in situations before where he has had to play off the ball more frequently, offering it up to superstars such as LeBron James and Chris Paul.
With Smart unable to play, this is the former Laker’s opportunity to prove that he can play both on and off the ball despite his shooting struggles from beyond the arch throughout his career.