Stars, studs and duds: Rozier shines in Celtics' 102-94 win

Stars, studs and duds: Rozier shines in Celtics' 102-94 win

SALT LAKE CITY – Leading up to the Boston Celtics’ summer league debut on Monday night, Terry Rozier talked about he was becoming a smarter player and the game was beginning to slow down for him.

It’s one thing to talk about it.

It’s a totally different matter to see it play out which was indeed what happened in Boston’s 102-94 summer league win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Rozier led all Celtics with 18 points to go with six rebounds and five assists – both team highs as well.

“I just slowed my mind down from the start of the game,” Rozier said. “I feel like last year in summer league I caught myself moving around too much and not being in the game too much so that’s what I wanted to take into consideration this summer and it helped me out a lot.”

Said assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry: “When we bogged down (offensively) you could always call a high pick-and-roll for him. He creates so much pressure on everybody else and the defense. He’s doing a good job of finding his teammates, attacking in transition when he has it.”

Indeed, it was a good start for Rozier who had a pulse on the game’s overall play from the outset, something he hopes to build on going forward this summer.

Here’s a look at the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s summer league debut against Philadelphia.


Terry Rozier

There was no mistaking the growth in Rozier’s game from where he was a year ago this time. There was noticeable confidence about his overall play and feel for the game that was sustained throughout the Celtics’ win. He finished with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting to go with six rebounds and five assists.

Ben Simmons

Having not played 5-on-5 basketball in months, Simmons looked really good out there. The 6-foot-10 forward’s court vision, even in a summer league setting, stood out from the rest. The long lay-off certainly contributed to him suffering two cramps in each calf, but not before he finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists with just one turnover.


Jaylen Brown

He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but still managed to make his presence felt at both ends of the floor. Brown finished with 16 points, which included him shooting 11-for-17 from the free throw line. In addition, the Celtics rookie added a pair of blocked shots.

Christian Wood

Another second-year player, Wood showed a nice inside-outside game and finished with a game-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting to go with five rebounds.

R.J. Hunter

It was a solid shooting night for Hunter, who had 17 points that included 3-for-6 on 3s. He also added five rebounds, one steal and a blocked shot.


Celtics transition defense

There were many things that the Celtics had to feel good about in their first summer league game. But in the same breath, there was plenty to clean up going forward. Boston has to do a better job with limiting points in transition as the Sixers outscored them 19-9 in fast break points. Just as disturbing was the fact that Philadelphia’s 19 fast-break points came on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting.

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Gordon Hayward rips back a morning workout while repping his Butler Bulldogs

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Gordon Hayward rips back a morning workout while repping his Butler Bulldogs

There hasn't been all positive news surrounding Gordon Hayward as of late.

The Celtics have been shooting down rumors of Hayward returning this season. Recent news has detailed a minor setback in his recovery.

But it's always good to see the C's superstar up early crushing a workout in the weightroom.

We might not see him back in 2018, but his dedication during recovery is something to admire.


Celtics look to continue rolling on the road

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Celtics look to continue rolling on the road

It seems all season we’ve talked about the Boston Celtics overcoming adversity, whether it be a bad injury to a key player or a blown assignment leading to a loss.

Nowhere is this more apparent than their play on the road this season which ranks among the best in the NBA.

The Celtics will look to continue on their road warrior-like ways tonight at New Orleans, a team that’s fighting for playoff position in the tighter-than-usual Western Conference.

In recent years, the terrain has been rough for teams from the East venturing into Western Conference territory.

For this year’s Celtics?

Not so much.

Boston comes into tonight’s game with a 17-7 record against Western Conference teams, tops among all teams in the East.

And while Boston has eight road games left this season, they are on pace to finish with one of the best road records in franchise history.

Currently 24-9 away from the TD Garden (tops in the East, third overall in the NBA), that’s a winning percentage of .727 which is the fourth-highest in franchise history.

Here are five under-the-radar story lines to keep an eye on when the Boston Celtics take on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight.


It’s a given that Al Horford will spend time defending Anthony Davis tonight. And while Davis will likely have a strong night scoring the ball, you can count on Horford making it extremely tough on him. When the two teams met on Jan. 16, Davis was 8-for-19 shooting for 16 points in 52 possessions when defended by Horford. For the game, Davis had 45 points on 16-for-34 shooting.


We’ve seen “Playoff" Rondo and “National TV" Rondo deliver some impressive performances in the past. What will we see from “Well-Rested” Rondo? The Pelicans gave the ex-Celtic the night off on Saturday as to not play him in back-to-back games. Of the two games, it made sense to sit him against the Rockets and have him ready to roll against a Boston Celtics team that will not have its full complement of players available.


Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry had some choice words about the officiating in New Orleans’ 107-101 loss to Houston on Saturday that he clearly felt cost his team a better chance at winning. The only cost in play now is how big will the check be that he’ll pay the league for his comments about the officiating. His issue was that Anthony Davis doesn’t get enough calls based on the physical abuse he takes per game. Davis ranks fourth in the NBA in free throw attempts (7.8) per game, but only had four attempts against the Rockets. It’ll be worth watching whether the Pelicans, 16th in the league in free throw attempts (21.4) per game, will get to the line significantly more or less than their season average.


One of the keys to Boston’s improved play since returning to the floor since the all-star break, has been their ability to begin games with strong play. Boston has outscored their opponent in the first quarter each of the last eight games, and 10 of 11. In addition, Boston has been ahead at the half in each of their 10 games since the all-star break, which comes on the heels of trailing at the half in the seven games prior to the break.


Jayson Tatum has been one of the most impactful rookies in the NBA this season which will likely land him a spot on the NBA’s all-rookie first or second team. One of the strengths of Tatum has been his durability, evident by him being one of just two first-year players to appear in each of his team’s games played this season. He is joined by Memphis’ Dillon Brooks.