Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Celtics 85, Pacers 77
By Chris Forsberg
Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty ImagesORLANDO, Fla. -- Rapid reaction after the Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 85-77 in Day 3 of the Orlando Summer League at the Amway Center:
Kris Joseph at work during the Celtics summer league in Orlando.
THE MOORE, SULLINGER SHOW
Second-year guard E'Twaun Moore continues to be the best player on the floor for the Celtics and rookie big man Jared Sullinger isn't far behind. Moore scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, while Sullinger finished with 16 points (on 7-of-12 shooting) and eight rebounds. With all the usual summer league asterisks applied, Moore and Sullinger look most ready to compete for a role next season based on what we've seen through three games.
JOHNSON COMES OFF THE BENCH
Second-year forward JaJuan Johnson moved to a reserve role Wednesday after starting the team's first two games of the summer. Sean Williams rejoined the starting group alongside Moore, Dionte Christmas, Kris Joseph, and Sullinger. Neither Williams (more on his zero-filled stat line below) nor Johnson has seized the opportunity and distinguished themselves quite yet (though Johnson came on strong in the second half of Wednesday's game after a slow start and eased some concerns about a slow start to the summer).
A SOLID SHOWING FOR JOSEPH
Beyond Moore and Sullinger, second-round pick Kris Joseph is doing his best to make an impression. The swingman can fill up a stat line as he showed Wednesday in registering 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and three steals over 28:44.
WILLIAMS IS ZEROED IN
Williams started and played 13:17, but his line was all zeroes save for one personal foul. He did take two charges that won't land in the box score, but that's probably not enough to make the proper impression when you're playing on a non-guaranteed contract for next season. The Celtics want Williams to focus on defense and rebounding, but he needs to show more than he has.
LOOSE BALLS: BEST OFFENSIVE GAME FOR C'S
Six Boston players finished in double figures, including Johnson (11 points) Dionte Christmas (10 points) and Jamar Smith (12 points points thanks to another third-quarter outburst)... Tough day for Fab Melo, who finished with just 2 points and was minus-16 overall.
Brunch-ball continues the rest of the week for Boston as the team jousts with Detroit on Thursday (11 a.m) and Orlando on Friday (10 a.m.) before the scene shifts to Las Vegas for five games next week. The Sullinger-Andre Drummond matchup should be a fun one to watch on Thursday.