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Boston Celtics’ Utah Summer League schedule announced

The Utah Summer League will serve as an advance viewing of Boston’s young talent, and the schedule is set.

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After landing the top spot in the upcoming NBA draft, Celtics fans have likely filled the past 20-odd hours dreaming about the future. The time for living in the present is rapidly arising in the form of the Eastern Conference Finals, but the impulse to look forward, given the team’s good fortune, is hard to ignore.

The free-form excitement and optimism that winning the lottery produced was given a shot of structure with the release of the Utah Summer League schedule, a simple three-game affair outlined below.

Should the Celtics choose to hold onto their pick, their action in Utah will be the first chance for the fan base to see the number-one overall selection (presumably Markelle Fultz) in Green. If that weren’t enough, Boston will also have last year’s draft-and-stash mysteries Ante Zizic and Guerschon Yabusele in the fold. The latter spent the past year playing in China, while the former competed in Turkey.

Boston’s matchup with the Sixers, who will add the third overall pick to a team full of young, intriguing players including 2016 number-one pick Ben Simmons, should be particularly exciting. San Antonio and Utah are less likely to have the never-before-seen, high-level talent that is the biggest appeal of Summer League, but they’ll provide additional opportunities for the Celtics younger players to show out.

Boston walked away as “champions” in Utah Last year, and they will undoubtedly hope for more of the same this time around. Summer League performance isn’t necessarily indicative of regular-season success, but should the Celtics perform well it would at least be fun, if not encouraging.

The future is bright, and Summer League is a sneak peak at what it might look like. We should embrace it when the time comes, but for now, we’ve got a Conference Finals to worry about.

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