Celtics Summer League Game 5 Notes

The dreams of hanging up a Summer League champions banner will have to wait another year. The Celtics fall to the Memphis Grizzlies 94-88, due to their inability to box out and to take care of the ball. Let’s also note the usually hot handed Celtics squad went unusually cold shooting a poultry 36.7 percent from the field, below 30 percent from three-point.

The lone bright spot was Carsen Edwards running off pin-downs and pick-and-rolls courtesy of Grant Williams, scored 26 off the bench carrying the bulk of the workload. Almost single-handedly leading the Celtics to a comeback. Very late in the fourth off a screen from Williams Edwards hit a three that initially gave team a 90-89 lead only the referees waived it off. Tremont Waters was fouled off ball and went one-of-two from the line failing to tie the score and the Celtics were never as close after that.

It was curious to not see Robert Williams on the bench in crunch time. Williams lead the team in rebounds, 12, and potentially could have stopped the bleeding on the interior. Morrison likely wanted to go small to counter Memphis going large and close with a lineup primarily made up of shooters. The 6-7 Grant Williams didn’t fare too well playing center often misses his rebounding assignment, failing to box out and show needed aggression. When the regular season rolls around Grant will see the floor during competitive portions of the game and he’ll need to leave his caution at the door.

Waters shot a miserable one-for-ten from 3 and despite a scoring output of 16 he frequently turned the ball over and looked overmatched. You have to admire the 5-10 LSU product’s hustle for never backing down. Morrison trusted the struggling Waters in crunch time and he and Edwards worked beautifully together as always despite the struggles.  

Tacko Fall was a non-factor. Playing just seven-minutes as the Celtics trailed most of the way Morrison didn’t believe Fall could be relied on. I heartily disagree, as Fall posted a respectable 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 block performance against this same Memphis squad two-days ago. But I digress.

Summer League is over for the Celtics. This intriguing crop of young guys, be it Edwards, Waters, both Williams’, Fall or Max Strus the front office did a fine job finding diamonds in the rough this off-season and we’ll likely see this cast again someday. Either as actual members of the Celtics organization or for their G-League affiliate in Maine, or perhaps in one of the various Euroleagues.

Author: sailboatstudios

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