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Guerschon Yabusele shines in first game with Red Claws

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The Dancing Bear brought his dancing shoes.

NBA: NBA Draft Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Guerschon Yabusele played his first game for the Red Claws last night and played well. With the usual caveat that D-League stats don’t mean that much, it is still worth noting that he tallied 17 points and nine rebounds in just 25 minutes.

Even more notable was the positive assessment that he was given by Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren (via Bulpett).

“I’ve got to watch the rest of it, but it looks like he’s moving well, which is good,” said Zarren. “He doesn’t look out of place on the court, and he hasn’t played in a month — and not with this level of guys since summer.

“Even just getting used to the NBA style of officiating before he has to play in summer league and for us is great. He’s getting to know some of our plays. The Claws run a lot of our plays. And any on-court experience for a kid his age is great.”

Yabusele, the No. 16 overall pick, hit half his eight shots and nine of his 10 free throws.

“We know he can shoot,” Zarren said. “I’m not worried about whether or not he makes shots tonight.”

Bulpett has a detailed rundown of his action in the game last night. He made some mistakes and has a way to go before he’ll be a productive member of the Celtics, but he also showed flashes of why the Celtics drafted him this past offseason.