Stephon Marbury had been expected to ease into the Celtics’ rotation after he was signed as a free agent Feb. 28. After all, it had been more than a year since the former Knick had played in a regular season NBA game.
But with Rajon Rondo sidelined with an ankle injury, the veteran point guard is being force-fed the Celtics’ schemes. That was a recipe for defeat Sunday as the Celtics committed nine turnovers in the opening quarter of their 86-79 loss to Orlando.
“He is in a good place, it’s not like he has to watch from the sidelines,” Ray Allen said of Marbury today. “When you get thrown into the fire you have to adjust a little quicker when you’re out there. He’s learning on the fly. But what’s better to ask for than to be out there? I think he’s in a good situation.”
Marbury, who did not record an assist in 20 minutes against the Magic, is expected to split time with House and Gabe Pruitt until Rondo returns.
“I’ve never been in this situation before, it’s totally different,” Marbury said. “I came in in shape, but not in basketball shape. It’s like a race — everyone has been running already and I’ve just started the race, and I’m trying to get back in it. Once my game comes around I’ll be way more at ease and my instincts will take over.”