The Celtics and Spurs meet for the second time in Summer League and for the first time in Vegas. The last time these teams met, the Celtics got an 85-71 win. That was the first of their current 4 game win streak. Both teams were 1-2 in Utah.
The Celtics will miss Marcus Smart, who is out with the hand injury he suffered in the last game against Portland. Smart remained in Vegas and will be cheering his team on. James Young returned in the last game but still struggled in the game. It would be a good time for Young to have a break out game.
The Spurs lost their first game in Vegas 78-73 and then won 3 in a row after that over Milwaukee, Portland and Brooklyn. The Celtics are looking to stay undefeated in Vegas. The team that wins will go on to play at 6 pm on Sunday while the loser goes home. The game will be televised on NBA-TV live at 4:00 PM ET and will also be on Summer League Pass.
49 Fair, C.J. F 6-8 215 Syracuse/USA
68 Holmes, Jonathan F 6-8 240 Texas/USA
28 Hunter, R.J. G 6-6 190 Georgia State/USA
55 Mickey, Jordan F 6-8 235 Louisiana State/USA
48 Miller, Malcolm F 6-7 210 Holy Cross/USA
47 O'Neale, Royce F 6-6 215 Baylor/USA
12 Rozier, Terry G 6-1 190 Louisville/USA
70 Sampson III, Ralph C 6-11 244 Minnesota/USA
36 Smart, Marcus G 6-4 220 Oklahoma State/USA
27 Thornton, Marcus G 6-4 190 William & Mary/USA
46 Walden, Corey G 6-2 189 Eastern Kentucky/USA
13 Young, James G-F 6-6 215 Kentucky/USA
20 Holyfield, Michael C 6-11 270 Sam Houston State
Players to Watch
Mickey has played very well in Summer League and he is averaging a double double in Vegas with 12.4 PPG and 10.8 RPG. He is also averaging 2.5 BPG and shooting 51.3%. The Celtics are working to try to sign him long term and he is proving worth it in these games. He will need to continue to produce at a high level for the Celtics to continue to win.
Rozier was the hero in the Celtics win over the Blazers when he scored the team's last 8 points in clutch fashion. He will need to come up even bigger in this game with Marcus Smart out with the hand injury.
With Smart out, Hunter will need to find his range and have a good scoring game. He is averaging 14.0 points per game and has shown that he can make the pass when he needs to as well.
1 Anderson, Kyle^+ G-F 6-9 230 UCLA/USA
55 Atkins, Darion^+ F-C 6-8 234 Virginia/USA
45 Bertans, Dairis^+ G 6-4 190 Bilbao Basket/Latvia
25 Blackshear, Wayne^+ F 6-5 215 Louisville/USA
56 Cherry, Will^+ G 6-1 181 Montana/USA
0 Davies, Brandon+ F 6-10 240 BYU/USA
19 Eddie, Jarrell+ F 6-7 220 Virginia Tech/USA
42 Graham, Treveon^+ G-F 6-5 216 VCU/USA
28 Jean-Charles, Livio^+ F 6-9 230 ASVEL Basket/France
26 Lalanne, Cady^+ C 6-9 242 UMass/Haiti
35 Ndoye, Youssou+ C 7-0 250 St. Bonaventure/Senegal
30 Scott, Shannon^+ G 6-1 181 Ohio State/USA
16 Simmons, Jonathan+ G 6-6 195 Houston/USA
36 Wolters, Nate+ G 6-4 190 South Dakota State/USA
Players to Watch
Anderson is second in Vegas in scoring with 22.3 points along with 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.30 steals, and 1.30 blocks. It will be key to stop Anderson for the Celtics to get a win.
Simmons came up big for the Spurs in their win over the Nets to get them to this game with 18 points. He is averaging 14.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and 3.8 APG in Vegas.
LaLanne is manning the middle for the Spurs Summer League team. He is averaging 7.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 1.4 BPG. When these teams met in Utah, LaLanne scored 13 points.
Keys to the Game
The Celtics were badly out-rebounded in their first two games in Utah but since then have done much better on the boards in their three wins. They need to continue to box out and crash the boards going after every rebounds.
The Celtics have to make defense a priority. Defense wins games, whether in Summer League, the regular season, or the playoffs. The Celtics have some good defenders on the team and must play team defense to get the win.
Both teams have had a chance to gel and grow together as a team. They both played 3 games in Utah and 4 games in Vegas. The Celtics have played well as a team and need to continue to play as a team and work together. They can't grow complacent and relapse into "hero ball."
Don't Die by the Three
The Celtics have some good 3 point shooters but sometimes they just don't fall. If the 3's are falling, that's great. If they aren't they need to get into the paint and go to the hoop.
Revenge vs Over Confident
The Celtics beat the Spurs to start their 5 game win streak in Summer League play. The Spurs will be looking to avenge that first loss. The Celtics can't be over confident and let up because they beat them once already.
Poise and Confidence
The Celtics need to go into this game with confidence but not be over confident. They need to show that they can come up clutch in a big game. The team that plays with more poise and confidence down the stretch will get the win.