Asked if the Celtics are a bigger challenge this season, Smith replied, “Not really” (starting at 0:53):
Are the Celtics a greater challenge than last season?
JR: “Not really. Yeah, they have [Kyrie] but last year, they had Isaiah [Thomas].
“Avery [Bradley] and Gordon [Hayward], obviously, they bring different things to the floor. Gordon’s a better offensive player, but obviously Avery’s a better defender. Pretty much a wash there.” […]
“I think they’re the same. I won’t say the same team because of different people in different jerseys.
“But I don’t really pose that as a big threat to us.”
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