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It’s win or go home as the Celtics take on the Heat in Vegas Summer League play

The Celtics play the Miami Heat in the second round of tournament play at Las Vegas Summer League.

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The 10th seeded Celtics enter the second round of the Vegas Summer League tournament after having won in the first round over the New York Knicks. The 26th seeded Heat advanced with a win over the New Orleans Pelicans. In this game, it’s win or go home as the loser will be out of tournament play while the winner goes on to compete in the next round.

The Celtics have been without their first round draft pick, Robert Williams III since the first quarter of game 1 when he bumped knees with someone. In each game since then Williams has said that he hopes to play but the training staff is being cautious and have held him out of each game. He is officially listed as day to day and his status for this game will likely be decided shortly before game time.

For the Heat, Derrick Jones, Jr will likely miss the remainder of Summer League, including this game, with an ankle injury. Bam Adebayo sat out Thursday’s game for rest and so his status for this game isn’t known but since it is win or go home, my guess is that he plays since he isn’t injured.

As I have said, this is a win or go home game in the tournament. If the Celtics lose, they are finished with Summer League play. If they win, they will go on to play on Sunday the 2nd seeded Portland Trailblazers at 8:00 PM ET on Sunday. The winner of that game will play on Monday at 10:30 PM ET and the Finals will be on Tuesday at 10:00 PM ET.

Boston Celtics Roster
Kadeem Allen
Justin Bibbs
Jabari Bird
Demitrius Conger
Trey Davis
Daniel Dixon
Jarell Eddie
Pierria Henry
Hassan Martin
Semi Ojeleye
Jarrod Uthoff
Robert Williams III
Guerschon Yabusele

Players to Watch

Miami Heat Roster
Bam Adebayo
Dikembe Dixon
Matt Farrell
Derrick Jones, Jr
Jarrod Jones
Daryl Macon
Yante Maten
Landry Nnoko
Ike Nwamu
Duncan Robinson
Justin Tillman
Rashad Vaughn
Derrick Walton, Jr
Tai Webster

Bam Adebayo was the Heat’s first round pick in 2017. He averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in his rookie season. He is averaging 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in Vegas Summer League. He sat out Miami’s win on Thursday over the Pelicans for rest so he may or may not play in this game.

Jarrod Jones went undrafted in 2012 and has been playing in Europe since then. He leads the Heat’s Summer League team with 16.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He scored 31 points in Thursday’s win over the Pelicans to advance to this game. (Sorry, no photo)

Duncan Robinson went undrafted out of Michigan. He is a forward who is a good 3 point shooter. He is averaging 12.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the Heat in Summer League.