BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Tuesday’s 116-113 overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, which snapped Boston’s seven-game winning streak:
Anthony Davis: At no point was there a time when you didn’t feel as though this was Anthony Davis’ world and everyone else was just along for the ride. After scoring 48 points at New York on Sunday, Davis had another monster game with 45 points against Boston on 16-for-34 shooting along with 16 rebounds.
DeMarcus Cousins: It was Cousins’ first win in Boston after six losses, and his play was huge. He finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans.
Jrue Holiday: It’s easy to forget that Holiday is a former All-star. He played like one on Tuesday, scoring 23 points to go with seven assists with huge baskets in the fourth and in overtime.
Kyrie Irving: After a brutal first half, Irving shook off the rust from the long layoff from London to finish with a team-high 27 points.
Jaylen Brown: He was one of the Celtics more consistent scorers, tallying 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting to go with five assists.
Rajon Rondo: There wasn’t much court time for the former Celtic down the stretch, but Rondo’s impact was undeniable. He played just under 30 minutes and finished with seven points and eight assists with a couple steals and two blocked shots.
Celtics turnovers: Boston turned the ball over 19 times which is high but not too outlandish. The bigger problem for Boston was the 32 points those miscues created for New Orleans which was the most by a Boston opponent this season.
The Boston Celtics close out their NBA Summer League campaign with a 4-2 record, after falling to the Portland Trail Blazers 95-80 in the Las Vegas quarterfinals, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
The Celtics trailed by as much as 14 points in the first half, only to crawl all the way back to tie it up twice in the third quarter before giving way in the fourth.
It was a strong night for the Celtics' bench. Former UMass star Trey Davis, childhood friend of Marcus Smart, led all Boston scorers with 19 points. Meanwhile, University of Rhode Island star Hassan Martin had another solid showing, leading the Celtics with 16 points off the bench to go with nine rebounds. Guerschon Yabusele was the other Celtic -- and only starter -- in double-figures, the sturdy big man showing range from deep with a 4-for-7 effort on three-pointers that anchored a 16-point total.
John Jenkins, a 2012 first-round pick of the Atlanta Hawks, led the way for Portland with 25 points.
The Boston Celtics announced they have waived guard Kadeem Allen Sunday ahead of their Summer League quarterfinal against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Allen's two-way contract he signed last season would have become fully guaranteed for the 2018-19 season had the Celtics not waived him Sunday.
The Boston Globe reported that it was likely Allen played his last game with the Celtics Saturday against Miami in the Summer League, and today Boston made it official.
Selected with the 53rd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Allen spent most of last season with the Maine Red Claws, where he played very well. He only spent 18 games with the Celtics.
This year's summer league was an opportunity for Allen to earn a second year on his two-way contract. He struggled to score and create for others, leading to Pierria Henry taking the starting point guard role.
Allen's release opens up a two-way contract slot for the Celtics, who could look at their own summer league roster or another player who doesn't get an offer from their current team.
Henry has reportedly gained significant interest from pro teams in Europe, while Hassan Martin is likely to have two-way contract offers in front of him soon.
Roster spots are hard to come by given the strength of the current Celtics roster, but a temporary slot is there for Danny Ainge to fill.