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Celtics look to bounce back as they face undefeated Charlotte Hornets

After an off day to regroup, the Celtics jump back into Summer League action with a game against the Charlotte Hornets.

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The Celtics take on the Charlotte Hornets in their 3rd game in the Vegas Summer League. They are 1-1 so far, beating the Philadelphia 76ers and then losing to the Denver Nuggets. The Hornets come into this game undefeated after beating the OKC Thunder 88-87 on Friday and then beating the Miami Heat 94-90 on Sunday.

The Celtics had a day off on Sunday to regroup after their rather uninspiring 82-69 late night drubbing by the Denver Nuggets. After Monday’s game, the Celtics will once again be off on Tuesday while the other teams finish up their slate of 3 opening games. They will play at least 2 more games as the SL playoffs begin on Wednesday.

Robert Williams III is listed as day to day. He was quoted saying that he would definitely play in this game but soon after, the Celtics posted that he would not be playing against the Hornets. For the Hornets, Malik Monk, the 11th pick in last year’s draft, fractured his right thumb after scoring 23 points against the Thunder and will be out for the rest of Summer League.

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

Jabari Bird looked good against the Sixers, scoring 14 points along with 8 rebounds and 2 assists. He was the star of the game against the Nuggets with 24 points 3 rebounds and 1 assist. He brought down the house with a monster dunk to show off his athleticism.
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. He had just 3 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists against the Nuggets. The Celtics need him to be a leader on both ends of the court. Guerschon Yabusele finished with 16 points and added 7 rebounds and 2 assists vs Philly. 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. Against the Nuggets he had just 7 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists. Like Bird, he excited the crowd with a big dunk. Now is the time for Yabusele to prove he deserves a roster spot this season.

Charlotte Hornets Roster
Dwayne Bacon
Miles Bridges
Joe Chealey
Chris Cokley
James Demery
Gabe Devoe
Devonte Graham
Terry Henderson
Willy Hernangomez
BJ Johnson
Arnoldas Kulboka
Ben Lammers
JP Macura
Mangok Mathiang
Malik Monk
Luke Petrasek
Demetre Rivers
Scott Shannon
Alec Wintering

Players to Watch

Willy Hernangomez, the 35th pick in the 2015 draft, has played very well for the Hornets. He had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the Hornets’ win over OKC on Friday and followed that up with 22 points and 10 rebounds in their win over the Heat.
Dwayne Bacon was the 40th pick in the 2017 draft. He started with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals vs the Thunder and then had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals vs the Heat.
Miles Bridges was the 12th pick in this year’s draft and so far has had 6 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists and 14 points 5 rebounds and 1 assist.