The Boston Celtics took on the Orlando Magic for a preseason showdown that was as Summer time League as preseason can get. To mirror the occasions, I’m going to do probably the most Summer time League preseason recap doable. What does this imply? Let’s have a look at how the gamers who suited up at present impacted their inventory with tonight’s minutes (apologies upfront in case you can’t see the emojis I’m utilizing).
Pritchard was simply the highest participant on the courtroom tonight for each groups. Similar to in Las Vegas, Pritchard thrived with the deep ball and dribble penetration. He’s performed greater than sufficient to carve out a constant spot within the rotation. He completed with 10 factors, 4 rebounds and a pair of assists on 57% taking pictures after leaving the sport with a nostril damage within the first half.
Shot-making went down a tad for Langford who got here into this sport having missed just one 3-pointer by two preseason video games. Regardless of that, he did an incredible job of working throughout the circulate of the offense with well timed cuts and drives. This sport gained’t have an effect on his place within the rotation a lot.
Crash lived as much as his nickname, flying all around the courtroom. His shot didn’t fall at a prolific charge within the first half, however the course of was there. I admire his confidence, protection, and energy. He had a a lot better second half on the offensive finish together with a pleasant crossover and end by Mo Bamba. Nesmith completed with 23 factors on 8/16 taking pictures.
GRANT had a tricky offensive outing, however nothing that can add or detract from his place within the rotation.
Uncharacteristically, Rob has struggled a bit from the sphere within the preseason. The spacing of the 2 groups Boston has confronted up to now this preseason has made it tough for him to shine, however he did an incredible job in fact correcting. He hit just a few good jumpers and confirmed off some hustle and imaginative and prescient. I’m excited for him to be the beginning heart on opening night time.
Parker (10 factors) entered this sport just like the final roster spot relied on it (which, to be truthful, it would). He confidently walked into his shot a number of occasions and fortunately was hitting. Nothing we noticed tonight was groundbreaking. When he will get alternative, he can mild it up. His protection was satisfactory tonight, and that’s the actual check. It wouldn’t be the worst factor on the earth to have a microwave massive wing to have on the No. 15 spot as a break in case of emergency man.
Hernangomez had a few stable passes, however his taking pictures continues to be unremarkable regardless of being billed as a stretch 4.
Kanter didn’t get uncovered an excessive amount of on protection and did extra of what he’s good at: low-post scoring and rebounding. Good, restricted play from him in simply wanting 14 minutes of courtroom time.
Did an excellent job of preserving the offense flowing after Pritchard went down, however didn’t do a lot to differentiate himself both.
Similar to Parker, Matthews checked into the sport weapons blazing. Like Parker, he suits the invoice of an excellent break glass in case of emergency taking pictures man on the fifteenth roster spot. I’m unsure if tonight’s sport did something to vary his probabilities of getting that final spot. He additionally had a pleasant four-point play.
The deep bench
A Theo Pinson sighting! He truly did some actually good issues out on the courtroom and virtually led the group to a clutch win earlier than heroics from Jeff Dowtin with 0.2 seconds left. He made a powerful case for a roster spot. Bruno Fernando was excessive power, and Sam Hauser got here in and made an instantaneous influence along with his taking pictures. There was rather a lot to love out on the courtroom tonight.
The Celtics will shut out the preseason slate towards the Miami Warmth on the tail finish of a visit to Florida on Friday at 6:30 p.m. EST.