Celtics Summer League Game 2 Notes

The Summer League Celtics continued to impress dominating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 89-72. From the opening tip the Celtics were the aggressors and never let their foot off the gas pedal. The tone setter was LSU guard Tremont Waters put on an absolute show to start dishing out a crazy between the legs pass to Chinanu Onuaku for a dunk and showing off his off the dribble step-back moves compensating for his 5 foot, 9 inch stature and acting as an absolute pest on defense.

Waters finished with 11 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

Tacko Fall continues to make his case he is deserving of a roster spot on the professional Celtics squad. The 7 foot, 7 inch  descendent from Dakar scored 12 points towering over his competition snagging only two rebounds but putting the ball back in the basket so effortlessly. I was taken aback by his right-block shimmy hook shot, surprisingly Falls has above-average touch around the rim. On defense Falls resembles the Berlin Wall. The Cavaliers tried posting him up and the guards tried to maneuver around him only to pass out.

I know it’s Summer League but Fall is incredibly fun to watch and more importantly resembles a real NBA player. Which is more than I can say for Guerschon Yabusele who made just one field goal in the contest. He deserves credit for playing through a dislocated pinky finger. You can’t say Yabusele does not want to make it. I am doubting he athletically can.

Carsen Edwards notched 14 points off of ten shots getting the most of his production from around the basket showcasing his supreme ability to finish around the basket. His dribbling is excellent and out of this draft class the Celtics have brought in Edwards looks the most ready for showtime.

Robert Williams played another solid game scoring 10 points and dribbling down the floor for a transition attempt. I honestly didn’t know he could dribble for this long. He ultimately failed to finish the possession, but yet another eye opener.

Lastly, Grant Williams began the night slow converting on just one of his four field goal. Williams has a real scorers mentality and is a plus-41 in his first two Summer League games. Williams effectively used his on a bigger player to force a shot clock violation.

Williams scores 5 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a block.

Celtics Summer League Game 1 Notes

It’s been a while since we were treated to some good Celtics basketball. After a season of raunchy below-par fast food watching the Summer League Celtics was like eating dinner at the Capital Grill. Carsen Edwards looked electric. Showing no hesitancy letting his shots fly, creating separation to enact his step back jumper on more than one occasion. Scoring 20 points it doesn’t even matter it took 17 attempts (5 of 17 from three) for Edwards to have the effect he did in the Celtics 96-82 drubbing of the Philadelphia 76ers. Edwards quick hands earned him three steals on the defensive side. He’s someone Stevens definitely will find use for in the regular season.

Elsewhere, Grant Williams also turned some heads. Posting up a solid 12 points and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes Williams teased the ability to make the corner three and held his own in one-on-one defensive situations. Never once did he appear disengaged and his motor impressed me a great deal. Like Edwards Williams wasn’t afraid out there in his first game and showed noticeable aggression on the inside. I doubt Stevens will have trouble finding a role for the 14th pick out of Tennessee if he keeps this up.

It seems like ages since we last seen Robert Williams play and while nothing in particular catches the eye in the box score; 9 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks – Williams is six pounds lighter and moves better than before. I have high hopes he’ll learn to guard on the perimeter. He is able to stick with the play and get his arms out to contest without resorting to volleyball blocking. While he missed all of his jump shots the mere fact he let them loose shows a willingness the Celtics absolutely need him to have. Depending on Daniel Theis’ health Williams could see himself as the Celtics second string center or even their starter.

23-year old Tacko Falls received a standing ovation when subbing in for action. Standing at 7 foot, 7 inches in shoes Falls at 300 pounds is a specimen that needs every bit of his physical gifts to compensate for him ultimately being slow. In ten minutes Falls scores 6 points, a standing dunk early on is a highlight that’ll make Celtics fans happy. Snagging four boards Falls ridiculously long wingspan of 8’0” there is a strong argument to make Falls can carve himself a role as a situational crunch time personnel. He’d be amazing contesting inbound passes and quite frankly he has more to offer than Guerschon Yabusele.

Which brings me to the Dancing Bear.

I love Yabu. He really does come off as a great guy and teammate. But I can’t help but notice his skills have diminished since the last time he participated in Summer League. Despite starting Yabusele did not register a single point. His first attempt was stuffed at the rim setting the tone perfectly for the slog of a night he was in for. His line highlight was a nice bounce pass assists to Tremont Waters in traffic for a layup in the first quarter. Everything else involving Yabusele was ugly.

I sincerely hope he turns it around. If not I think the roster Danny Ainge has here should convince him to bump the Frenchman from his fifteenth man position and hand it over to the aforementioned Falls.