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Stars, studs and duds: Kyrie Irving leads Celtics in third quarter

Stars, studs and duds: Kyrie Irving leads Celtics in third quarter

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 110-102 win over Philadelphia.

 

STARS

Kyrie Irving

He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in the first half, but Irving got it going in the third quarter and finished with a game-high 21 points which included five made 3’s.

Gordon Hayward

He didn’t put up big numbers, but did a great job of seeing the floor in the limited minutes he was on the floor. He had nine points but also tallied a team-high five assists.

Jaryd Bayless

He has been a instant-offense kind of scorer throughout his NBA career, Bayless led the Sixers with 15 points.

 

STUDS

Terry Rozier

It didn’t take Rozier long to make his presence felt out on the floor. He did a nice job of running the team and playing off the ball, before finishing with 13 points and three assists.

Marcus Smart

The red-hot shooting we saw in his first preseason game last week remains alive and well for the fourth-year Smart. He had 11 points, four rebounds with three assists and three steals.

Jayson Tatum

Making his first start of the season, Tatum made his first three shots of the night before finishing with nine points.

 

DUDS

Ben Simmons

It’s obvious that Simmons is going to be a really good player in this league due to his size, court vision and overall instincts for the game. He had eight points but tallied more turnovers (5) than assists (4) and that’s never good!

 

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

The Celtics have waived swingman Abdel Nader, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. It opens up a roster spot perhaps for Jabari Bird or another player who impressed in Summer League play.

Nader, 24, a native of Egypt, was a second-round pick in 2016 (58th overall). The 6-6 guard/small forward averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds and shot 33.6 percent (35.4 from 3) in 48 games last season, his first in the NBA.  He's still owed $450,000 but the rest of his contract was non-guaranteed. 

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Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Gordon Hayward told our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely earlier this week that "I'm just about full speed" (see video above) as he recovers from the devastating injury that derailed his season five minutes into his Celtics debut.

As if to prove it, Hayward posted an Instagram video that shows his surgically repaired ankle appearing to hold up pretty well as he hits a series of step-back and turnaround jumpers working with skills coach Drew Hanlen and finishes with him sinking 18 consecutive 3-pointers and counting.

It's on to five-on-five work next month. 

Click here for more on Blakely's exclusive one-on-one interview with Hayward.

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