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Yabu took a step forward in his development during Boston's opening game in Vegas

The Boston Celtics (1-0) opened their set of summer league games with a 95-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (0-1).

Semi Ojeleye and Guerschon Yabusele were both impressive in this one. Ojeleye recorded 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, and a block. Yabusele also had 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.


Ojeleye, in particular, seemed much more comfortable on offense. He was strong going to the rim and recorded a couple of powerful slams. The second-year forward only knocked down two of his seven triples but he definitely had a quicker trigger and smoother release. He also played his typical brand of tough defense, swatting a shot off the backboard in the second half. 

Yabusele was tentative early but began to find his rhythm as the game went on. However, his best play of the night came in the second quarter. The Dancing Bear hauled down a rebound and dribbled the ball up the court before feeding Ojeleye with a beautiful bounce pass for a huge dunk. Yabusele continued to show off his unique abilities in flashes for most of the game. He's still very raw but Yabusele could definitely become a contributor for Boston if he continues to develop.

The other main attraction tonight was Celtics rookie Robert Williams. Though he didn't start, the former Texas A&M star opened a few eyes almost as soon as he checked in. Williams threw home a dunk underneath the basket before drilling a contested mid-range jumper as the shot clock ran down on the following possession. He followed that up with an insanely athletic rebound, something Boston fans have been salivating over for years. Unfortunately, Williams banged knees with another player and was forced to sit out the rest of the game following the first quarter.

Jabari Bird and Hassan Martin both had their moments as well. Bird finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, and two assists. Martin didn't play until the fourth quarter but he was instrumental in the Celtics comeback in the final frame. He recorded eight points, two rebounds, and a steal on 3-3 shooting in just five minutes. Bird continues to be an interesting prospect that Boston will have to decide what to do with. It's possible he makes the main roster if Marcus Smart isn't re-signed but he'll more than likely be on another two-way deal.

Kadeem Allen had some timely finishes in the win. He knocked down two layups with just seconds left in the second and third quarters. Jarrell Eddie hit some tough threes, finishing 2-3 from distance.

Philadephia was led by Furkan Korkmaz, who finished with 40 points, six rebounds, and eight made threes. Korkmaz was deadly on offense all game.

Boston finished 36/74 (48.6%) as a team and 8/23 (34.8%) from deep. All 11 Celtics who played scored at least two points.

The C's will be back in action against the Denver Nuggets at 11 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 7.

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Dustin Lewis 7/07/2018 12:09:00 AM Edit
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