SALT LAKE CITY – The Boston Celtics will be a bit short-handed tonight in their 2016 summer league debut due to a left shoulder injury suffered by Jordan Mickey.
“You can probably figure out how; blocking somebody’s shot,” said Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry who is coaching Boston’s summer league team here in Salt Lake City.
Shrewsberry said Mickey was back in Boston getting treatments, but added that the 6-foot-9 forward/center could still heal in enough time to rejoin the team in Salt Lake City.
“We’ll be without him (tonight). It’s nothing serious,” Shrewsberry said. “Hopefully get him back healthy, get in him back out here soon.”
Shrewsberry added that the reason he returned to Boston is because here in Salt Lake City, the Celtics don’t have the kind of rehabilitation equipment that they do back home.
Mickey was hoping to spend this summer working to expand his game, which now includes a seldom-used 3-point shot. It is indeed a work in progress for the second-year big man, something he knew coming into the NBA he had to get better with in order to be successful.
“It’s just the way the game is going now,” Mickey said recently. “It’s something I accepted and something I knew I would have to work on coming in when i started my draft process. As you watch the game it’s going that way. Four-men are stretching the floor, putting the ball on the floor making decisions like they’re a point guard. It just shows that coach (Brad Stevens) has confidence in me to do those things.”
For now, Mickey will remain sidelined with the hope that he’ll be back sooner rather than later. All indications are that his time off the floor with the left shoulder injury, will be short. However, he did suffer a left shoulder injury as a sophomore at LSU.
“It’s a big summer for him, but it’s not that big,” Shrewsberry said. “He’s a guy that’s under contract; he wants to play. He’s mad that he can’t be with us now.”
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