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Doc Rivers: Dionte Christmas, Jamar Smith cuts 'came down to numbers'

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics made their first roster cuts of the preseason on Tuesday afternoon, sending Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith packing. Doc Rivers, head coach of the Boston Celtics, told reporters before Tuesday's preseason exhibition against the Brooklyn Nets that the cuts were mainly about numbers.

"Two good kids, both played hard. It just really came down to numbers," Rivers said.

Christmas and Smith were extended training camp invites after both played with the Celtics summer league team. Both played in four games with the team this preseason, with Christmas averaging 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 12 minutes per game and Smith averaging 2.3 points and 1.0 rebound in 13.8 minutes.

Rivers said that, while he's happy with his team as currently constructed, he's always looking to add another player, specifically a point guard. Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry and Avery Bradley are the only three traditional point guards on the team, but Terry and Bradley have morphed into two guards over the course of their careers.

Boston's preseason game against Brooklyn tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden.

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