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