Stephon Marbury's Unselfish Play is a Good Sign of Things to Come

Ari HoringSenior Analyst IMarch 19, 2009

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Has Marbury finally learned his lesson and realized he needs to be more of a team player?

Stephon Marbury has gone from being a supposedly selfish ballhog on the Knicks, to arguably the most pass-happy player on the Celtics.

In 31 minutes of action in their 112-108 victory over the Heat Wednesday night, as he filled-in for the injured Ray Allen in the starting lineup, Marbury only took three shots the entire game.

In a game against the Cavaliers a couple of weeks ago, his own teammates even had to yell at him from the bench to shoot the ball, as he passed the ball to Mikki Moore three consecutive times in one possession.

Marbury may not have his legs under him yet, and he’s not even close to where he should be physically, but mentally Marbury is as fresh as ever. Obviously one of the reasons Marbury isn’t shooting much is because his shot isn’t on, and he is still getting his rhythm back.

However, regardless of why, it’s a good sign of things to come because the old Marbury wouldn’t have been this patient.

On Wednesday, Marbury even showed that he can be effective without shooting the ball as he had five assists in the opening quarter and a block of Daequan Cook's jumper early in the second half.

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"You can see it slowly coming," Rivers said about the play of Marbury.

"And I keep telling him the shot's going to be the last thing that comes. That's what frustrates him the most, he feels good, they're just not going in. He's really frustrated by that and we just tell him every day that it looks good, just keep doing what you're doing and eventually it will fall." he added.

When Marbury's shot does start falling, other teams better beware, because an unselfish Marbury combined with a good shot is just what the doctor ordered.

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