The Celtics won their second game in Vegas tonight, beating the wannabe ThiBULLdeau’s 79-74. It’s hard to stay up for these Summer League games at this point. It’s just time for training camp to start. After seven Summer League games, we can pretty much split players into two categories: those who have a chance to make this team and those who don’t.
Tonight’s game showcased a lot of reasons why the members of these groups are pretty obvious. Those who fall into the “chance” category played well while those in the “no chance” category did not. E’Twaun Moore continued his reign as the most NBA-ready player on this Celtics Summer League Team. He also displayed some versatility in scoring the ball, mixing in floaters and post-ups along with his customary jumper. If he has a strong training camp and plays well on the defensive end against the Varsity, it may remove all doubt regarding a possible Keyon Dooling signing.
Dionte Christmas continues to show that he’s not afraid to shoot the basketball even if it hurts his chances of making this or any NBA roster. Regardless of Summer League shot selection, Christmas displays the type of fearless and aggressive effort you want coming off your bench. He’s almost ignorant of his own abilities and limitations. As if he would continue to attack the basket and shoot if LeBron James or Kobe Bryant were guarding him. I haven’t decided if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. The Celtics’ options for the backup shooting guard position are looking pretty sparse with the Jason Terry signing officially taking up the mid-level exception, and the C’s could do worse than taking a flyer on Christmas.
During the second quarter, Danny Ainge sat with Sam Mitchell and Matt Winer to discuss the Celtics offseason. During this chat, he likened Jamar Smith to Eddie House which makes me think that Smith has a great chance of making this team and never seeing the floor.
Kris Joseph hurt himself early on in this game, and really hurt his chances of making the team. After showing a lot of good things when it came to athleticism and rebounding early on in Summer League, Joseph needed to produce for its entirety in order to solidify a roster spot. Now he’ll have to do that in training camp.
Apologies to all the Jonathan Gibson, Stephane Lasme, Larry Owens, Craig Brackins and Sean Williams fans out there, but these dudes aren’t making the cut.
Barring any trades or the Celtics eating any money, Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo, and JaJuan Johnson can rest easy.
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