Celtics take on Pacers in Summer League action

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The Celtics go for their second win in Summer League action as they take on the Indiana Pacers.

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Indiana Pacers (0-1) at Boston Celtics (1-0)
3:00 PM ET
Summer League Game #2
TV:  CSNNE, NBA-TV,
Online:  Summer League Live
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida


Game Thread

Summer League is a strange creature where getting to look at players and evaluate them trumps wins and losses.  While teams like to get wins, the goal is to evaluate players, especially the undrafted free agents trying to make an impression.

The Celtics had 4 players who did not play in the first game and we should see them play in this game with others sitting out this one.  James Young is doubtful for this game once again with the neck injury he sustained in a car accident before the draft. 

The Pacers had 3 players who did not play and, as with the Celtics, we should see those players get playing time in this one, while others who played in the first game will get a rest.  Since game rosters aren't listed ahead of time, it's hard to list matchups or probable starting lineups. 

After today's game, the Celtics next play at 7:00 PM ET when their opponents will be the Detroit Pistons.




Roster
O.D. Anosike
Chris Babb
Dairis Bertans
Daniel Coursey
Colton Iverson
Edwin Jackson
Chris Johnson
Mike Moser
Devin Oliver
Kelly Olynyk
Phil Pressey
Marcus Smart
James Young

Inactive Last Game
O.D. Anosike
Daniel Coursey
Edwin Jackson
James Young

Player to Watch

Mike Moser

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Moser has made a quality first impression, separating himself from some of his roster competition during four days of practice leading up to Saturday's summer league opener, then logging a bench-high 24 minutes, 33 seconds of floor time while putting up 17 points (on 6-of-11 shooting) with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and a block in Boston's 85-77 triumph over the Miami Heat.







Roster
LaVoy Allen
Eric Atkins
Dee Bost
Jackie Carmichael
Frank Gaines
Solomon Hill
De Quan Jones
Kevin Jones
CJ Leslie
Roger Mason, Jr
James Nunnally
Jake Odum
Orinze Onuaku
Willie Reed
Sadiel Rojas
Donald Sloan
Tyler Stone

Inactive Last Game
Solomon Hill
Orinze Onuaku
Sadiel Rojas

Player to Watch

Kevin Jones

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The 6-foot-8, 251-pound forward has made a fast impression. On the second day of camp, Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke (who is running the camp and coaching the team’s Summer League entry in Orlando) was asked which players had stood out to him so far. Jones’ name was the first (and only) one he mentioned.

"Kevin, he’s got ability to use his body, create angles," Burke said on Wednesday. "He runs the floor, he shoots the mid-range jumper. He’s a great rebounder…He’s that one that’s really jumped out for me.

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Key Matchup
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Marcus Smart vs Donald Sloan
While Smart is a rookie, Sloan appeared in 48 games for the Pacers last season.   The 6'3" Sloan started at point guard in the Pacers' loss to the Nets and finished with 21 points, (6-11) with 4 rebounds and 3 assists.  Smart started the Celtics win over Miami at the 2 but transitioned to the point when Pressey went to the bench.  He finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals.  While he struggled on offense at times,  Smart's defense was noteworthy.

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