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Georges-Hunt takes a (long) shot at making the Celtics' roster

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Georges-Hunt takes a (long) shot at making the Celtics' roster

We've been taking a look at each player at the Celtics roster: Their strengths and their weaknesses, their ceiling and their floor. We conclude today with Marcus Georges-Hunt

BOSTON -- Who is Marcus Georges-Hunt?
 
Many within Celtics Nation sprinted to Google or whatever your search engine of choice is, to find out as much as they could about the former Georgia Tech standout, who signed a training camp deal with the Boston Celtics. 

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Here’s the skinny:
 
Georges-Hunt is a 6-foot-5 college combo guard who has shown an ability to play -- and play well -- whatever position where he's needed in order for his team to be successful.
 
But there’s little hope that the undrafted Georges-Hunt will see a similar career trajectory as a professional.
 
But, hey, he has a training camp invite (after playing on Brooklyn’s summer league team, where he averaged 2.8 points in four games) which says he’s a player the Celtics deem at least worth taking a closer look at for the Maine Red Claws in training camp.  
 
The Ceiling for Georges-Hunt: 15-man roster
 
Georges-Hunt would have to play the absolute best basketball of his life and chances are that still won’t be enough for him to move up the depth chart past the slew of players on the bubble who have guaranteed or partially guaranteed deals such as his (he’ll get $25,000 if he’s cut).
 
The one thing Georges-Hunt showed in college was a steady level of improvement in most categories. 
                      
A double-digit scorer in each of his four seasons at Georgia Tech, Georges-Hunt’s scoring average went from 10.8 as a freshman to a career-best 16.7 points as a senior.
 
And in his final season, he connected on 34.2 percent of his 3s, shot 82.3 percent from the free-throw line and dished out 3.3 assists per game -- all career highs.
 
Georgia Tech moved him to the point guard position on Jan. 9 against Virginia. From that point on, he averaged 17.9 points and 3.8 assists per game.
 
Georges-Hunt’s versatility is indeed one of his strengths, but the 22-year-old will be hard-pressed to showcase that in camp with a Celtics team that’s extremely deep on the perimeter as well as at the wing position. 
 
The Floor for Georges-Hunt: D-League or overseas
 
Georges-Hunt was the last player signed by Boston and in all likelihood he’ll be the first cut. The greatest benefit for him is that being around the Celtics coaching staff and learning their system will benefit him greatly if he’s waived and then decides to sign with the Maine Red Claws. 
 
That in all likelihood will be the route taken by Georges-Hunt, an All-ACC performer last season.

Celtics-Jazz Takeaways: Tatum gets his again, but C's spread it around

Celtics-Jazz Takeaways: Tatum gets his again, but C's spread it around

Games missed by Kemba Walker this season have drawn more attention to his Boston Celtics teammate Jayson Tatum. 

When that happens, it puts a greater premium on those around Tatum to elevate their play and make teams pay for focusing on the All-Star. 

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Tatum, who had 33 points in the C's 114-103 win over Utah, is on the kind of scoring binge that has set him apart not just from his teammates, but from most of the top players in the NBA. 

His play set the tone for Boston’s strong start against Utah, but the Jazz got back into the game and made it a back-and-forth tussle for most the final three quarters. 

The Celtics began to separate themselves in the fourth, getting solid contributions from bench players at both ends of the floor to pull away for another win - their 11th in their past 13. 

Here are a few takeaways from a solid win that closes a strong 3-1 trip west:

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR C'S? A LOT

Jaylen Brown was one of the most outspoken Celtics when it came to talking about the need for players to do a better job of supporting Tatum when he has it going offensively. 

Brown was more than up to the challenge, finishing with 20 points, including 10 points in a third quarter that ended with the Celtics clinging to a three-point lead. 

The Celtics have the kind of roster where the offensive pecking order will fluctuate from game-to-game. Still, Brown has consistently shown he's the kind of player who makes the most of an increased opportunity and Wednesday was no exception. 

Indeed, it has worked out well for Boston this season and will need to continue to be part of who they are going forward. 

PLAYING (MARCUS) SMART DOWN THE STRETCH

Marcus Smart makes shots in the fourth quarter. Marcus Smart makes shots in the fourth quarter. It’s worth repeating because, for some reason, Celtics opponents consistently leave him wide open. 

And to Smart’s credit, he continues to make the opposition pay when it matters most. 

Smart had 17 points, nine in the fourth quarter. He also led the Celtics with nine assists.

Knocking down shots in the fourth is something that Smart does consistently. Now, those shots are coming with even less resistance because of the added attention being paid to Tatum. 

INSIDE JOB BY BOSTON

Much is made of Boston’s lack of bigs, and yet they continue to do what teams with size do - generate points in the paint. 

Boston won the paint battle against Utah, outscoring them 56-46 in the paint in addition to out-rebounding the Jazz, 44-41. 

The Celtics have consistently mixed up their inside scoring coming from drives and post-ups, a good mix that has kept defenses off balance and in many instances, incapable of slowing them down. 

Having multiple guys who can finish at the rim while creating their own shot, poses a great challenge to most defenses. 

And maybe most important, it has given the Celtics exactly what they are seeking every night...a win. 

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NBA Highlights: Tatum (33) gets plenty of help as Celtics win 114-103 in Utah

NBA Highlights: Tatum (33) gets plenty of help as Celtics win 114-103 in Utah

FINAL SCORE:  Celtics 114, Jazz 103

IN BRIEF: Jayson Tatum topped 30 points for the fourth time in five games with 33 to lead all five Celtics starters in double figures as he outdueled Utah's Donovan Mitchell (37 points) and helped Boston close out a 3-1 trip west with a 114-103 victory over the Jazz on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. BOX SCORE

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CELTICS RECORD: 41-17, 3rd in Eastern Conference

HIGHLIGHTS

A NOT-SO-WARM WELCOME FOR HAYWARD:

EASIEST 2 OF THE NIGHT FOR TATUM:

SMART'S OVER-THE-HEAD PASS FINDS THEIS:

TATUM BEING TATUM:

DONOVAN MITCHELL (22 AT HALF) TRYING TO MATCH TATUM (25 AT HALF):

GIVE THEIS A TOMMY POINT FOR THE HUSTLE PLAY:

MORE THEIS:

JAYLEN FOR 3:

SMART HEATS UP IN 4TH:

UP NEXT:
Vs. Houston Rockets, Saturday, 8:30 p.m., ABC 
Vs. Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., TNT
@ Cleveland Cavaliers, Wed. March 4, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Boston

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