The window for making an impression is shorter at this time of year as MarShon Brooks knows well.
The so-called logjam at shooting guard isn’t budging with players Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee commanding more minutes than the former Net.

So Brooks made sure he got noticed in the Celtics’ 99-97 exhibition loss to Toronto a result that dropped the their exhibition record to 1-5.

Brooks’ 3-pointer with 24 seconds left cut Toronto’s lead to 97-95 and capped a 15-point fourth-quarter performance by the guard. He finished with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting including 3-for-4 from downtown.

Only a Crawford air ball with three seconds left followed by Jared Sullinger’s rebound and put-back miss off the bottom of the rim kept this game from going into overtime.

“We’ve got so many guards. My time is limited because of that so I just try to fit in” Brooks said. “I’m on a new team I’m trying hard defensively. So if I see an open look I’m going to take it. We’re all fighting for time we’re all fighting for minutes and I just want to show coach what I can do.

“A couple of guys were out tonight so I knew I was going to get my opportunity to play” he said. “I just wanted to be aggressive. It’s just my game and shots were falling. I just trust in my craft. If I get an open look I’m going to knock it down.”

While they did lose last night showed the Celts are now pushing opponents late into games. They also are unearthing their talent. Rookie center Vitor Faverani had 13 points and five rebounds off the bench. Rookie Kelly Olynyk had 13 points with nine rebounds but committed six fouls. Jeff Green had 13 points and four assists.