WALTHAM — A day after going for 14 points in 14 minutes in the Celtics’ win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Monday night’s preseason opener, Marcus Thornton was asked to name his greatest offensive strength.

“Just being out there and playing off my teammates and getting to the spots where I can be effective. I feel like I can score on anybody,” Thornton said.

As for the aforementioned spots, are there favorites?

“Anywhere,” said Thornton, answering with the scorer’s creed. “Put me anywhere out there, I feel I can score. If I’m in the gym, I feel I can score.”

The 6-foot-4 guard managed to get up 13 shots in his limited time, making 4-of-8 3-pointers and playing a large part as the Celts hung in, and then pulled away from Philadelphia.

“You play a role, and his role is to score in bunches,” coach Brad Stevens said. “And I think that’s a great role to have because everybody likes it, right? But that’s what he does well, and we’re going to have to continue to have him do that.”

Music? Meet Marcus Thornton’s ears.

“I mean, I love it,” Thornton said. “I’ve been a scorer all my life, and for coach to have that confidence in me to put me out there . . . you know, I’ll make mistakes, but to be able to fight through it and know I’m going to produce at the end of the day, it’s a great feeling.

“Me and coach have a lot of history. He’s probably told y’all about the NCAA game in college (Thornton had 30 for LSU to knock Butler out of the 2009 tournament). He knows what I can do, and for him to be able to go out there and just say, you know, ‘Play your game and do what you do,’ it’s the best feeling in …read more