Keith Smart has challenged Tyeke Evans to become stronger defensively as part of the third-year player’s transition from point guard to small forward.

"I'm looking at Tyreke as a rookie in this role," Smart said. "I told him, 'You are still going to handle the ball and initiate plays. You will still have a chance to drive and to shoot. The only thing that will change is that you are out there with a point guard (Isaiah Thomas). And also, you have to be our best defensive player.' "

For his part, Evans doesn’t sound like a man who has been too happy with his performance this season.

"I'm trying to figure it out," said Evans, who is shooting 42 percent from the floor. "I don't know if I like it (the three spot). I am so used to having the ball in my hands. But I want to be out there playing, so I'm working on it. I'm working on my shot, too."