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Summer League takeaways: Jabari Bird impresses once again

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Summer League takeaways: Jabari Bird impresses once again

LAS VEGAS – Winning is always the goal when it comes to playing in the NBA, but Summer League results are more about making progress than making game-winning shots.

The Celtics lost 82-69 to the Denver Nuggets, but there were indeed some positives they could take away from the experience.

Here are three takeaways from Boston’s matchup against the Nuggets.

Jabari Bird

For the second time in as many nights, Jabari Bird showcased what we’ve seen in spurts – athleticism and tremendous versatility. In addition to defending multiple positions, Bird’s ability to score attacking the rim from various points including some highlight-quality above-the-rim plays, speaks to the promise that the Celtics are hoping to tap into this season. For the game, Bird finished with 24 points on 9-for-17 shooting along with three rebounds and an assist.

Three-point shooting

Whether it’s the summer league version of the Celtics or the ones we’ll see in the regular season, this team will have nights when the 3-point shot won’t fall. That’s exactly what we saw on Saturday as the Celtics opened by missing 13 of their first 14 three-point attempts. The struggles didn’t let up as time went on, with the Celtics finishing a dismal 22.2 percent (4-for-18) shooting from 3-point range.

Transition Defense

The Celtics had too many empty possessions where they didn’t get back quick enough on defense. And to the Nuggets credit, they made the Celtics pay for this most of the time. The Nuggets would finish the game with 16 fast-break points compared to just six for Boston.

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Rajon Rondo suspended following altercation with Chris Paul

Rajon Rondo suspended following altercation with Chris Paul

The NBA has suspended Rajon Rondo three games for his role in Saturday night's altercation with Chris Paul.

Rondo and Paul threw punches after it appeared Rondo spit on the Rockets point guard. Paul was handed a two-game suspension, while Brandon Ingram will be forced to sit out four games for his actions during the fracas.

The drama from the altercation apparently didn't end when the game clock hit zero. Chris Paul reportedly was still fuming after the game because Rondo's family made inappropriate comments toward his wife Jada following the incident.

Rondo is no stranger to suspensions. This marks the seventh suspension of the former Celtic's career.

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Celtics' Aron Baynes (hamstring) out for Monday game against the Magic

Celtics' Aron Baynes (hamstring) out for Monday game against the Magic

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics will be short-handed for Monday's game against the Orlando Magic.

Aron Baynes suffered a right hamstring injury in the second quarter of Boston's 103-101 win over New York on Saturday, and has been ruled out for action against the Magic by Celtics officials. 

Although the NBA season is still very young, Baynes has wasted no time making his presence felt both defensively in addition to being another scorer both from inside the lane and from the perimeter.

With Baynes out, look for Guerschon Yabusele and Daniel Theis to see some time off the bench until Baynes returns. 

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