No Payton Pritchard. No Yam Madar. No problem.
The Celtics continued their dominance of the Summer League with a thumping of Atlantic Division rival 76ers 100-80. For Boston’s rostered players, it was another chance to showcase their development. Over the previous three games, Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith had shown significant leaps in their play. On Saturday afternoon, it was Carsen Edwards’ turn. The two-year guard had his most complete game since tearing up Vegas two summers ago. With both point guards out, Edwards took advantage of the opportunity and finished with 16 points, seven assists, and a pair of blocks and steals.
For more on Edwards, check out former CelticsBlogger and The Athletic’s Jared Weiss’ profile of Edwards and his quest to make the rotation next season.
The game was highlighted by a number of blocks and dunks from Boston. For a team that was just put together two weeks ago, the Summer Celtics have clamped down on opponents under Joe Mazzulla’s coaching. Against Philadelphia, they registered eight steals and twelve blocks and held the Sixers to just 80 points.
Juhann Begarin is pretty good on defense pic.twitter.com/DGxskHwMM1— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) August 14, 2021
Aaron Nesmith and Romeo Langford both chipped in 13 points with Langford providing this highlight in the closing moments of the third quarter.
Pritchard missed this game and the one-game playoff due to a prior engagement. Madar was out with a groin injury and his availability for the final is unknown. The Celtics will most likely appear in the championship game on Tuesday night at 9:00 pm ET.