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Celtics eliminated from Summer League play by Trail Blazers, lose 95-80

France only took home one victory today.

2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - Boston Celtics v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Missing Jabari Bird (rest), Semi Ojeleye (rest) and Robert Williams III (knee), the Boston Celtics rallied to avoid continuation in the Summer League playoffs. They will now go about the rest of their summer in preparation of the upcoming season in the Fall, avoiding the potential back-to-back-to-back-to-back had they continued to win until the championship game on Tuesday.

The Portland Trail Blazers annihilated Boston out of the gates in the first quarter. At the 3-minute mark, they were shooting 71.4% from the field, with Boston struggling to get any offense outside of the lone NBA player on the active roster, Guerschon Yabusele. Yabusele, fresh off of celebrating a World Cup win by France, put the team on his back (not really), spreading pure and wholesome joy along the way. The Dancing Bear finished with 16 points and 4 rebounds.

Boston started to turn it around in the first quarter after a pair of strong plays from Trey Davis on both ends. After going down big in the opening minutes, the Celtics cut the gap to 27-19 at the end of the first. Davis had a strong game on both ends, facilitating the offense as Boston’s primary ball handler in his minutes on the floor. Davis, one of Marcus Smart’s friends, made a strong case for a training camp invite, finishing with 19 points and 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

In case you were feeling bored watching Summer League hoops, Pierria Henry had you covered. After the Portland turnover, Henry had a wide-open breakaway dunk stuffed hard by the rim. Thankfully, he recovered just in time to put back his own miss. Also thankfully, Shaq is probably too on vacation to notice. After going back down quite a bit again in the second quarter, the Celtics recovered in time to trail just 46-40 at the half.

As I write this recap, I’m trying really hard t- hey, this game is starting to get exciting!

The Blazers regained a bit of momentum after Boston’s halfcourt and transition failed them near the end of the 3rd quarter. In the end, the Trail Blazers went ahead and never looked back after the Celtics’ defense gave them a slew of opportunities to stay ahead. For Portland, John Jenkins put up 25 points on a remarkable 75% from the field. Wade Baldwin IV chipped in 14 points and 10 assists.

For Boston, Hassan Martin threw up 16 points to go with 9 rebounds. Pierria Henry had an up and down game, finishing with 7 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

With the Celtics finished with Summer League play (it’s about ti- I mean, what a shame), the focus now turns toward resolving the free agency situations of Marcus Smart and Jabari Bird. After that, we’ll get into training camp invites, and then the long wait until Media Day begins. If anything happens, you know where to get the news. Stay tuned all summer, folks.