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Celtics and Nuggets meet in a late game in Vegas

Celtics and Nuggets face as both teams look to go up 2-0 in Las Vegas Summer League play.

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The Celtics will play their second game in the Vegas Summer League as they take on the Denver Nuggets in the late game at Cox Pavilion. Both teams are coming off a win in their first game with the Celtics pulling out a 95-89 win over the Sixers and Denver squeaking by the Wolves 90-89.

The Celtics’ veterans, Semi Ojeleye, Guerschon Yabusele, and Jabari Bird led the Celtics to a 6 point win over the Philadelphia 76ers. It was the first of what is sure to be many games this season between these two teams. Both teams will likely battle for the top spot in the East this season.

The Celtics’ first round pick, Robert Williams, bumped knees with someone early in the game and left after playing just 6 minutes. He participated in most of the shoot around and will be evaluated before tonight’s game but is listed as doubtful to play in this one as of now. He has been battling a little tendonitis and so they will likely be cautious with him.

Both the Celtics and Nuggets have a trio of players who return from last season and are expected to lead their teams. For the Celtics it is Ojeleye, Yabusele and Bird and for the Nuggets it is Beasley, Morris and Lydon. The Nuggets are without two of their picks from this year’s draft as Michael Porter, Jr (14th) and Jarred Vanderbilt (41) are recovering from injuries.

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

Semi Ojeleye set the pace for the Celtics on both ends of the court against the Sixers. He finished with 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. The Celtics will need him to lead the team once again in this game.
Guerschon Yabusele also finished with 16 points and added 7 rebounds and 2 assists. When the game was on the line in the 4th quarter, he came up big and hit a layup and a 3 to assure the Celtics the victory.
Jabari Bird looked good against the Sixers, scoring 14 points along with 8 rebounds and 2 assists. The Celtics will need him to continue to play well in this game.

Denver Nuggets Roster
DeVaughn Akoon Purcell

Malik Beasley Vlatko Cancar

Petr Cornelie Hayden Dalton

Tyler Lydon Scott machado

Kennedy Meeks Monte Morris

Stan Okoye Marcus Posley

Victor Sanders Andre Spight

Emanuel Terry Thomas Welsh

Kenrich Williams

Players to Watch

Tyler Lydon was the 24th pick in the 2017 draft but was injured 1 game into his rookie season. His knee has fully healed and he is ready to try to prove himself in this year’s Summer League after working on his shot and adding muscle in the off season. He came up with 7 points 7 rebounds and 3 assists in his first game back from the knee injury.

Malik Beasley is entering his third season with the Nuggets. He was the 19th pick in 2016. He played 22 games in his first season and 62 in his second season. He has averaged 3.32 points and 1.05 rebounds in his two seasons so far. He put up 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in his first game.

Monte Morris was the 51st pick last season and is looking to take a step forward in his development with a big game in Summer League. Morris scored 15 points to go with 2 rebounds and 4 assists in Denver’s win over the Wolves.