Saturday, July 5, 2014
Rapid Reaction: C's 85, Heat 77
By Brian Robb, Special to ESPNBoston.com
ORLANDO -- Rapid reaction after the Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 85-77 on Day 1 of the Orlando Summer League on Saturday afternoon at the Amway Center.
THE NITTY GRITTY
Celtics second-year forward Kelly Olynyk scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting and added eight rebounds and four steals in 31 minutes to lead a balanced Celtics scoring attack. Power forward Mike Moser posted 17 points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench, but it was Boston’s defense that shined the most on Day 1 of Orlando Summer League. The Celtics limited the Heat to just 32 percent shooting from the field during the relatively sloppy affair that featured a combined 45 turnovers from both teams.
SMART SHINES ON DEFENSE
Rookie Marcus Smart started alongside Phil Pressey in the Celtics backcourt and showed off his defensive skills immediately in his Summer League debut. The former Oklahoma State star defended multiple positions and posted a game-high five steals. Offensively, it was more of a mixed bag for the 20-year-old, as Smart went scoreless in the first half, but finished strong with 10 points after intermission.
TOUGH DEBUT FOR NAPIER
Roxbury’s own Shabazz Napier started at point guard for the Heat in his Summer League debut and had a performance he would probably like to forget. The Connecticut product started the game 0-for-10 from the field before drilling a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to break the ice. Napier finished with 12 points on 3-of-15 shooting.
SURPRISE HELP OFF THE BENCH
Much of the attention heading into Summer League has been on the current members of the Celtics roster, but a couple of unknowns made their presence felt in Orlando right out of the gate. Latvian guard Dairis Bertrans shined in limited action, scoring 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Moser, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon, earned crunch time minutes with his strong offensive performance, highlighted by some impressive shooting from beyond the arc (3-of-6).
NO SIGN OF YOUNG
First-round pick James Young traveled with the Celtics to Orlando, but did not see action during the win. The swingman out of Kentucky was sidelined during team practices this week with a strained neck that he suffered in a car accident last month. He remains day-to-day.
The Celtics will be off Sunday, but will play four more games in Orlando this week: Monday vs. Indiana (3 p.m. ET), Wednesday vs. Detroit (7 p.m. ET), Thursday vs. Orlando (5 p.m. ET) and Friday (Opponent and time TBA).