The Celtics’ preseason schedule gets underway with tonight’s tilt against the Philadelphia 76ers. With that in mind, here are seven questions about the C’s to ponder this October.

Let’s begin by reiterating something that’s already been well established with everyone who knows a lick about NBA basketball, and their mothers, and their mothers’ mothers:

Preseason games mean pretty much nothing.

This is understood, yes? The exhibition schedule is really hard to take seriously, because rarely if ever is it a predictor of regular-season success, failure or anything in between. It’s random and arbitrary and bizarre and ultimately forgotten. We as fans, we crave it because it’s the only basketball we’ve got for the next few weeks, but that doesn’t make it truly worthy of our attention. It’s just a sideshow.

Except… well…

With this Celtics team, it feels kinda necessary. If you’re an established NBA team that’s got talent and continuity, you can just pick up in November where you left off in the spring, and it’s no sweat. If you’re San Antonio or Memphis or Portland, you can just bring the guys back and give it another go. But in Boston? There’s too much uncertainty here. A lot’s going on, both with roster turnover and with changing dynamics among the guys who were already here, and a few practice runs may actually be necessary for this team to, ahem, figure its stuff out.

Honestly, unironically, I’ll just say it – I’m looking forward to the preseason.

Specifically, here are seven questions I think we should all be thinking about as October rolls on.

1. How ready is Marcus Smart?
With Rajon Rondo out for the time being, it’s time to throw Marcus Smart into the fire and let him play as many minutes as possible as the team’s primary point guard. Danny Ainge and <a class="colorbox" rel="nofollow" …read more