Stars, studs and duds: Rozier continues to be Celtics floor leader

Stars, studs and duds: Rozier continues to be Celtics floor leader

SALT LAKE CITY – When Boston Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry saw the roster he would be working with this week, two words came to mind: Noah’s Ark.

Because in Shrewsberry’s eyes, the Celtics had two of everything at every position.

That’s why not having Jordan Mickey (shoulder) or Jaylen Brown (right knee) available hasn’t hurt the Celtics nearly as much as one might expect.

Indeed, Boston managed to once again overcome a shorter-than-expected roster to emerge…

After trailing 50-47 at the half, Boston was put together a strong third quarter at both ends of the floor to lead 65-60 going into the fourth.

The Jazz continued to chip away at Boston’s lead and eventually tied the game up at 76.

Boston went on a 6-0 spurt capped off by a put-back dunk by Guerschon Yabusele.

Utah had its chances to chip away at Boston’s lead, but the Celtics’ collective efforts defensively proved to be too much for the Jazz to overcome.

Here’s a look at the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 89-82 win over Utah.



Trey Lyles

The Celtics never had an answer for Lyles’ play around the rim, or his perimeter shooting. He finished with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds to go with two assists.

Terry Rozier

He continues to be the floor leader that this Celtics’ Summer League squad desperately needs. Down the stretch, Rozier did a good job at picking apart Utah’s defense either by scoring, getting to the free throw line or finding teammates for easy scores. He had 16 points along with six rebounds and four assists.



James Young

By far his best scoring game in Summer League, but he did more than just get baskets. His defense was solid, moved well without the ball and basically put his imprint – albeit a subtle one – on the game. He had a team-high 17 points which included a clutch 3-pointer in the closing seconds to help carry the Celtics to victory.

Guerschon Yabusele

The Celtics made getting him the ball early a priority, but it was his scoring late in the game that really helped propel Boston to a win. His put-back dunk in the fourth gave Boston an 82-76 lead with about a minute to play. He finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Dionte Christmas

The former Celtics training camp invitee came up with some big shots to help Utah get back in the game, finishing with 14 points and three rebounds.



Celtics 3-point shooting

Boston got a lot of really good looks from deep, but far too often were off the mark.

Sounds familiar?

Boston shot just 30.8 percent from 3-point range, missing 18 of their 26 3-point attempts. 

Kevin Garnett predicts Marcus Morris' game-winner right before it happens

Kevin Garnett predicts Marcus Morris' game-winner right before it happens

Kevin Garnett was paying close attention to Tuesday night's thriller between the Celtics and Thunder.

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On KG's Area 21, the former Celtics great watched as Boston rallied in the game's final minute to make a stunning comeback. Right before Marcus Morris drilled the game-winner, Garnett called it by saying, "The Morris twin will end up shooting this or something because he like 'yeah I'm about the moment'"

Not a bad call. Morris certainly was "about the moment" Tuesday night as he has been multiple times this season.


Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum had another strong performance for the Boston Celtics, doing so against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George, a player Tatum has acknowledged on more than one occasion he has looked up to. 

That admiration didn’t get in the way of Tatum delivering a big-time performance in helping Boston rally from six points down with 12.7 seconds to play, to knock off the Thunder 100-99.

Tatum tallied a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. And doing so at 20 years and 17 days old, Tatum became the youngest player in franchise history to tally at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game.

“It feels good,” Tatum said when asked about his first 20-plus point, 10-plus rebound game in the NBA. “But honestly, I’m just glad we won. That was a big win against a great team and it was fun playing out there today.”

Impacting the game on multiple levels offensively along with being a defensive and rebounding force are qualities often associated with George who became familiar with Tatum prior to last June’s NBA draft which is when the Celtics selected him with the third overall pick. 

“I reached out to him before he was coming into this draft and I got to talk to him,” said George, who had 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Celtics. “It’s an honor when you see young talent. I‘ve been inspired by many in this league so it’s great to inspire the younger generation in this league.”

And while Tatum may be young, he continues to prove himself up for whatever challenges await him. 

“We are going to keep throwing to the wolves and keep going to him in those moments,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Boston closed out the game with an 8-1 spurt in the final 24.7 seconds, with Tatum either scoring or assisting on five of those points which includes assistant on Marcus Morris’ game-winner.

Tatum’s composure down the stretch comes from being influenced by many, including George who considers it “an honor” that Tatum holds him in high regard. 

“At the end of the day, us veteran guys want the younger guys to take the game further and advance much farther than what I was,” George said. “There’s going to be kids looking up to Jayson (Tatum) that are probably already looking up to Jayson (Tatum).”