Celtics Summer League Game 3 Notes

The backcourt duo of Tremont Waters and Carsen Edwards coming off the bench continues to dazzle. Waters dropping five dimes to go with 12 points anchored a decisive Celtics fourth quarter run to ice the Denver Nuggets 95-82 to advance their record for Summer League to 3-0. Waters is barley an inch below six-feet, but his feisty attitude hounds opponents on defense. Celebrating a recently signed 2-way contract with the Celtics Waters showed why he is worth the extra look: he simply wants it more. The guard is extremely savvy and the game seemingly comes naturally to him. He is even able to hang with 7 foot Thomas Welsh on the block bumping him back a bit. Waters also throws brilliant bounce passes to a sprinting Jevonte Green (5-8, 13 points) in transition for a dunk in a fast break.

Speaking of Green, the soon to be 26-year-old (his birthday is July 23rd) has flashed brilliant bouts of athleticism these three games. Running down the floor getting high above the rim at nearly every opportunity. Green is somebody that is likely to earn a contract overseas. He can’t do a whole lot besides bring the house down with his dunks, though.

Edwards chipped in 23 off of 12 shots converting on 8 including 5 three-pointers. In his three Summer League contests Edwards is shooting 48 percent and averaging 19 points. According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe Edwards and the Celtics are conducting negotiations for concepts involving a guaranteed contract for the second-round pick out of Purdue. I can honestly see why Danny Ainge would want to hold on to a fire cracker like Edwards. Given the green light to shoot Edwards shows no hesitation and a cunning ability to take it to the rack. He is instant offense and I wonder if the Celtics Summer League coach Scott Morrison substitutes the 25-year-old Aaron Harrison (1-5, 3 points) in for Edwards next game just to see what he can do spending more time with Waters and Grant Williams.

The aforementioned Williams received a the starting nod after Guerschon Yabusele and Robert Williams were announced out. Williams did not disappoint, once again showing us it was a travesty he fell in the Celtics lap at 22. Scoring a 16 point, 8 rebound performance how Williams is able to rotate at the right time and never lose focus at such a young age is hard to find in a late draft pick. His feet are quick enough to cut off drives and he has enough hops for put-backs. I have this tingling sensation there’s going to be a “Start Grant” campaign in the middle of the regular season.

Boston’s other 2-way player Max Strus did quite a bit of damage in only 16 minutes. Scoring 12, rebounding 5 and dishing 3, showing off his range draining two of his three attempts from downtown. Max is a 6’6” 23-year-old guard from DePaul who went undrafted. Ainge obviously sees something in Strus because he gave him a two-way before even having him suit up for Summer League. Strus has an impressive wingspan of 6-10.

Lastly, The Mighty Tacko Fall didn’t dazzle nor did he really razzle fans tonight. In 17 minutes he posted an okay 4 point, 4 rebound, 1 block stat-line, but the Nuggets thoroughly stripped him of his mystic. Drawing Fall into boneheaded decisions, such as getting called for a charge twice. Fall is very limited on the ball and part of me worries he has a bit of a pogo-stick mentality after grabbing an offensive board. When allowed to hold the ball for a long period of time Fall decision making process comes off as flawed.

Some highlights of Fall are very humorous to watch over again. Williams feeds Fall near the basket the Denver defender can’t keep the 7’7” 300 pounder in front of him and he easily lays it in for two. Fall can take advantage of opponents miscommunication or bad positioning, the ability to create for himself on the block and to be effective at the nail setting screens and running dribble hand-offs is the glaring question marks.

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