Explained Stevens: "He has the clearance to play. I did not think he looked great, from a rhythm standpoint, either Wednesday night or Thursday night [with the Maine Red Claws]. We'll practice hard [Saturday] and hopefully he'll feel better. I didn't want to just throw him in there at the end of the game. I didn't see any reason to do that. So, it was more of my feel based on Wednesday night's play. I think he's a really good player; I think he's a big part of what we're doing, but I'm not going to throw him out there if I don't think he's ready to roll."
Perhaps a good sign is that Smart stayed with the parent club today while fellow rookies James Young and Dwight Powell were each assigned to the Maine Red Claws.
At the very least, Smart will be available (and fresh) against the Wizards. Chances are good that Young and Powell will be back in time for the Sunday game as well.