Before this recap begins, we at CelticsHub wish Dairis Bertans of Latvia the best. He hit his head first after being fouled on a fastbreak layup late in the third quarter on Wednesday in the Celtics’ third 2014 Summer League game at the Amway Center in Orlando. The medical staff surrounded him to put him on a stretcher, bring him off the court and take him to the hospital. Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens also stepped onto the court soon after Bertans took the hard fall, and Ainge followed the stretcher out the door. Here is the latest from Steve Bulpett:
Bertans had movement and feeling in his extremities, but had some neck pain. His immobilization and removal was precautionary.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 10, 2014
Player of the Game
The leading scorer for the Celtics in these first three Summer League games is none other than Kelly Olynyk. He helped a Celtics team finally beat the Pistons away from home. The last time a Boston basketball squad took down Detroit in a game not played in Boston was 2010. Although Olynyk’s effective field-goal percentage was not so good, he still had 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. He along with the rest of the Celtics took advantage of the lack of an interior presence for the Pistons.
Olynyk and-one in the second quarter, and he eventually completed it to bring the lead to 11 points:
Helped His Stock
Mike Moser has been hitting the 3-ball at a great rate during this Summer League. After Moser came off the bench in the team’s first two games and shot 6-of-13 from downtown, Jay Larranaga put him in the starting lineup, and he went 2-of-5 from deep in this one.
After being the player who hurt his stock on Saturday, Chris Babb looked great in the first half of Wednesday’s contest. After hearing about the trade, he must have revved his engines. He showed great hustle on both offense and defense and became the fifth Celtic to score double-digit points midway through the fourth quarter.
Babb had two of the Celtics’ 12 steals, and he was a huge part of a Celtics defense that forced 23 Pistons turnovers. The Celtics scored 25 points off those turnovers.
Hurt His Stock
Phil Pressey’s assist ratio of 1:2.5 did not make me feel too good. I am happy to see the double-digit points, but he cannot continue to play when throwing the ball away like that.
I wish Colton Iverson had an interior presence with regard to rebounding. He snagged a whopping one rebound and has yet to surpass three rebounds in a game this Summer League. However, he still scored 11 points and had a positive 13 plus/minus.
Vince Cellini mentioned that Marcus Smart might have had contact to his right eye, but he seemed fine in the second half as he continues to fill the stat sheet: 14 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and a positive 13 plus/minus. However, his shooting was subpar (4-of-13 from the field and 2-of-7 from deep), and he turned the ball over four times.
The Summer League Celtics keep attempting quite a few 3-pointers. They attempted at least 27 in each of their three games.
NBATV color commentator Kendall Gill did the pancake run at IHOP on Wednesday and received a free stack of pancakes after dropping Dennis Scott’s name.
This is the first of three games in three days for the Celtics, who take on the Orlando Magic at 5:00 pm ET on Thursday.