Celtics

Celtics

The Boston Celtics continue to roll along in the Las Vegas Summer League, extending their winning streak to three in a row (four straight if you include their last game in the Utah Jazz Summer League) following a 101-69 win over Miami.

Marcus Thornton, who came into Tuesday’s game averaging 0.5 points in Vegas, lit up the Heat for 21 points as Boston will go into the tournament portion of the Vegas Summer league among the highest seeded teams. 

Teams are awarded one point for each quarter in which they outscore their opponents. Boston had more points in nine of its 12 quarters played for a total of nine points. Only the Toronto Raptors (9.5 points) had a higher point total.

Here are some of the other Stars, Studs and Duds from Tuesday’s game.

 

STARS

Marcus Thornton, Boston

Give Thornton credit. Tuesday was his first opportunity to play significant minutes, and the second-round pick made the most of his moment. He led all scorers with 21 points as he whizzed his way into the paint as well as showed off a nice perimeter touch. It won’t be enough to crack a roster that’s loaded with guards, but it was a reminder to all why the Celtics were so high on him.

  

STUDS 

Terry Rozier, Boston

There were others who had more points, but there was no mistaking that Rozier had a command of this game that seems to get stronger from one game to the next. He finished with seven points, showcasing that burst that the Celtics brass have talked about often. He also had seven assists while turning the ball over just one time.

 

Greg Whittington, Miami

Whittington, who worked out for Boston leading up to last month’s draft, has been one of Miami’s top scorers in summer league play. He was at it again on Tuesday scoring a team-high 18 points to go with eight rebounds.

 

C.J. Fair, Boston 

Other than Jonathan Holmes, Fair has been arguably the most impressive free agent among the players on Boston’s summer league. On Tuesday he had 12 points to go with nine rebounds.

 

DUDS

Marcus Smart, Boston

There are going to be games when shots aren’t going to fall, and that was indeed the case for Smart on Tuesday. He had six points but missed 10 of his 11 shots from the field which included all eight of his 3-pointers taken. The way Smart has played throughout the summer, he was long overdue for a game like this.