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Marcus Smart struggles from field as Celtics open summer league action with win over Heat

Posted By Conor Ryan On July 5, 2014 @ 2:49 pm In General | No Comments

The Celtics [1] kicked off summer league play with an 85-77 victory over the Heat on Saturday in Orlando.

Kelly Olynyk [2]

Kelly Olynyk

The game featured 22 lead changes and 12 ties before a 25-13 Boston run to close out the contest helped the Celtics [1] seal the victory.

Kelly Olynyk led the Celtics [1] with 20 points (8-of-17 shooting) and eight rebounds while forward Mike Moser contributed 17 points (6-of-11) in 24 minutes off the bench.

Celtics [1] rookie guard Marcus Smart struggled from the field (2-of-8), but made his presence felt across the stat sheet, finishing the day with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals.

Phil Pressey was solid as the team’€™s starting point guard, scoring nine points (3-of-9) while dishing out seven assists. Pressey also impressed many with a nasty crossover move [3] on Miami rookie point guard Shabazz Napier.

Forward James Ennis led the Heat with 17 points (5-of-11) and eight boards. It was a rough debut for Napier, who scored 12 points but off a horrible 20 percent shooting percentage from the field (3-of-15) while recording just two assists and eight turnovers.

Celtics [1] rookie guard James Young, taken with the 17th overall pick of the 2014 draft, did not play in Saturday’€™s game for precautionary reasons [4] after injuring his neck in a car accident a few weeks ago.

Boston’€™s next summer league matchup will be on Monday, when the Celtics [1] take on the Pacers [5].


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