Jaylen Brown now the 'veteran' of Celtics summer leaguers

Jaylen Brown now the 'veteran' of Celtics summer leaguers

BOSTON – When it comes to the NBA, championships are not won in the summer.
Try telling that to the players and coaches participating in NBA Summer League, which for the Boston Celtics, begins on Monday in Utah against the Philadelphia 76ers and No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz.


The Celtics return the core from a team that won an Eastern Conference-best 53 games last season while advancing to the conference finals before losing to Cleveland in five games.
Maintaining that kind of success involves adding and cultivating more talent, a process that for the youngest Celtics involves getting the most out of summer league.
Jayson Tatum, drafted by with the third overall pick last month, will be among the players for Boston folks will keep a close eye on.
Danny Ainge, Celtics president of basketball operations, has raved about how well Tatum shot the ball during his workout for the Boston Celtics.
After a recent practice, Tatum gave folks of glimpse of what Ainge must have seen in his pre-draft workout as he drained 10 consecutive 3-pointers.
“It’s been fun,” Tatum told reporters after practice on Friday. “It’s new for everybody. Just getting out here, competing and being a team.”
Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen will be coaching the Celtics’ Salt Lake City team.
He has only had the guys for a handful of practices but likes what he has seen thus far in their ability to retain the onslaught of information thrown their way.

“Believe it or not, I think they’re a little bit ahead of schedule in terms of what they were able to retain, in terms of what my eyes saw in watching the film,” said Allen, who added that Brandon Bailey, the Celtics’ coaching assistant/head video coordinator, has been instrumental in helping the players come along quicker than expected. “Hopefully the amount of work they put in, the results will show it Monday night.”
This Celtics summer league team will be led by 20-year-old Jaylen Brown who, like Tatum, was a third overall pick a year ago.
Brown admits it’s “pretty cool” that he’s the veteran of the summer league squad.
And while he’s more than willing to impart whatever knowledge he has on his less experienced teammates, Brown has something to prove this summer as well.
“I look at it as the same process,” Brown said. “I’m more experienced, but I’m an open book, an open canvas.”
Here’s a look at the Celtics’ schedule in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas (all times EST).
JULY 3: Boston vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (CSN)

JULY 5: Boston vs San Antonio, 7 p.m. (TAPE DELAYED TO 10PM ON CSN)
JULY 6: Boston vs Utah, 9 p.m. (CSN)

JULY 8: Boston vs Los Angeles Lakers at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Arena, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
JULY 9: Boston vs Portland at Thomas & Mack Arena, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

JULY 11: Boston vs Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
JULY 12-17: Teams seeded in a double-elimination playoff format to determine Vegas Summer League champion.


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.