The Erden Watch

In today's game vs Puerto Rico, Celtics Rookie Semih Erden showed some good things that bode well for his future in the NBA.   He scored 10 points, pulled down 6 rebounds (3 offensive) and had a blocked shot without committing a single turnover in 19 minutes of play. 

His Turkish team was up just one point going into the 4th period and were battling a very feisty Puerto Rican squad that featured NBA players Renaldo Balkman and JJ Barea.  Erden scored 7 of his 10 points in the final quarter.  He was active on the boards and set some very strong screens.  He also got to the line often, hitting 6 of 7 free throws.  His defense around the basket has been quite good as well. 

Erden's team won the game 79-77 to move their record to 4-0 in group play, remaining the only undefeated team in Group C.   They close out group play on Thursday against China.  The game will be at 2:00 PM ET and will be televised on NBA-TV.