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Celtics close out Utah Summer League against the undefeated Jazz

The Celtics will close out their play in the Utah Summer League with a game against the Utah Jazz.

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Boston Celtics (1-1) vs Utah Jazz (2-0)
Thursday, July 6, 2017
9:00 PM ET
Utah Summer League Game 3
Jon M Huntsman Center

This game between the Jazz and the Celtics takes on new meaning with the decision of Gordon Hayward to leave the Jazz and go to the Celtics.  Jazz fans at the game will likely boo the Celtics and so the players need to concentrate and keep their poise in the face of a hostile crowd. 

The Jazz has won both of their games so far, beating the Spurs on opening night and then winning a close game against the Sixers on Wednesday night.  The Celtics started off with a win over the Sixers but then lost to the Spurs in a game where the Spurs simply outplayed them.  The Celtics shot just 30% from the field and 21.9% from beyond the arc. 

Every player on the Celtics team got playing time against the Spurs except Demetrius Jackson.  With the Celtics looking for every bit of cap space they can squeeze out, he is likely going to be waived or traded and so it's possible they don't want to risk an injury in Summer League.  We may see him play in this game, or he may be held out once again.  Jaylen Brown is expecting to sit this one out for rest but is planning to play in Vegas. 

Celtics Summer League Roster
45 Kadeem Allen
52 Rosco Allen
26 Jabari Bird
7 Jaylen Brown
38 Perrin Buford
9 Demetrius Jackson
63 Landen Lucas
51 Abdel Nader
37 Semi Ojeleye
28 Terran Petteway
40 Scoochie Smith
11 Jayson Tatum
60 Trevor Thompson
46 Scott Wood
54 Ante Zizic

Starters Last Game
Kadeem Allen, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Semi Ojeleye, Ante Zizic

Players to Watch

Jayson Tatum - The Celtics first round pick, #3 overall, will continue to have the spotlight on him.  He finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds in his first game and 23 points with 10 rebounds in his second game.  What will he do in his final game in Utah? 
Abdel Nader - Nader, the 58th pick in last year's draft played last season with the Red Claws and was named D-League Rookie of the Year.  He had 13 points and 7 rebounds in his first game and 14 points with 1 rebound in his second game.  He seems to be making a case for a roster spot. 
Semi Ojeleye - Ojeleye was projected to be drafted in the 20's but slid to the Celtics at 37.  He didn't make much of an impression in his first game but is still a player to keep an eye on.  He left the game vs the Spurs in the 2nd quarter with a lacerated lip but returned to start the second half. 
Ante Zizic - The Celtics drafted Zizic 23rd in 2016.  He impressed this past season playing for David Blatt with Darüşşafaka Doğuş.  Blatt described him as having a nose for the ball and being unafraid of anything.   He finished his first game with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block and  followed that with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 1 block in his second game.  He needs to break his habit of bringing rebounds down and allowing them to be stripped and for the second straight game, he appeared to be a step slow.  Will these things improve with more playing time?

Jazz Summer League Roster
0 Niugel Williams-Goss
17 Eric Griffin
18 JP Tokoto
16 Devondrick Walker
42 Jonathan Holmes
21 Joel Bolomboy
26 Spencer Butterfield
55 Mitch Creek
31 Tyrone Wallace
22 Nate Sobey
11 Dante Exum
30 Julian Wright
43 James Southerland
45 Donovan Mitchell
12 Tony Bradley

Starters Last Game

Dante Exum, Donovan Mitchell, Mitch Creek, Joel Bolomboy, Tony Bradley

Players to Watch

Dante Exum - Exum was the 5th pick in the 2014 draft.  He is the only lottery pick from 2014 or 2015 who is participating in either Utah or Los Vegas Summer Leagues.  His career was slowed when he missed all of 2015-16 with an ACL tear.  He is working to get his rhythm back and to secure a place in the rotation this season. Exum  finished his first game with 18 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists and added 26 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists in his second game.
Donovan Mitchell.  Mitchell was the 13th pick in the 2017 draft after the Jazz traded Trey Lyles and the 24th pick to get him.  He finished his first game with 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists and added 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists in his second game.
Joel Bolomboy - Bolomboy was the 52nd pick in the 2016 draft.  He averaged just 4.4 minutes per game in his first season with the Jazz. 
Tony Bradley - The Jazz sent the 30th and 42nd picks to the Lakers for the 28th pick in order to pick Bradley in the 2017 draft.

Keys to the Game
Chemistry - The Celtics need to continue to build chemistry and not turn the ball over.  They had 18 turnovers compared to 8 for the Spurs in their loss.  They need to work at working together better.
Defense - Playing tough defense is always a key to winning games.  The Celtics will need to slow down Exum and Mitchell who have been shooting the ball very well. 
Poise - The Celtics seemed to lose their poise at times, turning the ball over,  missing shots, failing to win 50-50 balls, etc.  They need to play with  more poise and not allow themselves to get flustered. 

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