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The Boston Celtics finish NBA Summer League 4th place with (3-2) record
The Boston Celtics came into the NBA Summer League with fresh new talent that everyone wanted to see including Marcus Smart and James Young. Instead of seeing Young the Celtics GM Danny Ainge ruled him out for the Summer League due to his injuries from a car accident that Young was involved in. The Celtics went 3-2 for the Summer League and they ended 4th place after their lose to the Indiana Pacers today at Amway Center. The Celtics lost 95-86 but there were a lot of bright spots to take out of this whole Summer League experience for example you can look at the fact that Marcus Smart has not played like a rookie since game one.
Marcus has shown game by game that he is still growing and trying to learn the NBA style of play. Today was one of Marcus’ best games as he had 20 points and looked comfortable running the point alongside Phil Pressey. Phil Pressey had been struggling from the field during this Summer League stint especially coming off a 1-15 shooting performance agains the Pistons. Phil Pressey with his best impersonation of Rajon Rondo on friday with his 12 points and 13 assists. Phil is playing for a spot on the roster and it was amazing to see how aggressive he was on the defensive side of things and how he was able to control the pace of the game with his IQ.
The Celtics were very impressed with Oregon’s Mike Moser as he became an instant impact player on the Summer League roster as a stat stuffer. Mike Moser was in the right place at the right time it seemed like during these games. Mike talked to the media and notified us that the Celtics offered him a spot in their training camp this fall and was still undecided.
The Celtics were still lacking in the paint and that has been their biggest problem for a couple of years now. The Pacers big men were eating the Celtics interior defense alive all day. Willie Reed and Onuaku were doing as they pleased and were grabbing everything that hit the rim. The Celtics are not a great rebounding team and it was still noticeable in the Summer League and thats something that Danny Ainge has to try to fix. The Celtics will try to be big free agent players now that Lebron has went back to Cleveland and this could open doors for people to want to come here to play. The Celtics have expressed interest in Bazemore and Larry Sanders for rim protectors and they wanted to be able to try to get some space for Love.
The Celtics signed Marcus Smart and James Young officially on the 10th and both will be ready for training camp. The Celtics could still make some moves and move one of them around if they wanted to after a 30 day period. The two players that stood out for the Summer Leaguer were Mike Moser and Marcus Smart and they both spoke on the experience and what to look forward to below.