Celtics coach Brad Stevens is warning people not to read too much into early preseason lineups. However, the early readings indicate that rookie Marcus Smart has moved ahead of Evan Turner in the battle to serve as the team’s replacement point guard for the injured Rajon Rondo, writes A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. More from the Eastern Conference..
- After being claimed off waivers from the Lakers, Bucks guard Kendall Marshall is ready to be a part of Milwaukee’s youth movement, writes Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Marshall hopes to play a key role as a pass-first point guard for Milwaukee, working alongside returning point guard Brandon Knight and combo guard Jerryd Bayless.
- One of the newest members of the Magic, Evan Fournier, is fitting in well with the team, writes Ken Hornack of Fox Sports Florida. Hornack also adds, while Fournier is unlikely to be named a starter, he will be a valuable contributor due to his ability to create with the ball in his hands.
- After clashing as opposing point guards, Jose Calderon and Knicks coach Derek Fisher have seamlessly transitioned into their new roles as player and coach, writes Peter Botte of the New York Daily News. Botte adds that Calderon has been impressed with how quickly Fisher has acclimated to being comfortable in his new coaching role.
Chris Crouse contributed to this post.