5 Takeaways from Celtics Dominating Summer League Win over Grizzlies

The Celtics dominated the previously undefeated Grizzlies 113-87 and secured the top seed of the NBA Summer League tournament.


The Celtics dismantled the previously undefeated Memphis Grizzlies 113-87 Thursday night. With the win, they secure the top seed of the NBA Summer League tournament. Lead by second year big man Robert Williams, Boston jumped out to an early lea and never looked back.

Here are 5 key takeaways from Saturday’s game:

Robert Williams looks like a completely new player

Robert Williams set the tone for Boston early on and dominated throughout Thursday’s contest. Williams finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists.

The second year center continues to look better on the offensive end of the court, finishing 7-9 from the field. He finished several alley-oops and impressed with his passing ability.

Head coach Brad Stevens mentioned at halftime that sitting behind Al Horford last season helped Williams, and that certainly appears to be the case. Williams looks much more fluid and balanced on the court, and could be in for a strong sophomore season.

Carson Edwards continues to light it up from three

The Celtics often lacked bench scoring and shooting last season, and it appears they may have found the answer.

Hitting three more three pointers Thursday night, Edwards is now shooting just over 48 percent from behind the arc this Summer League.

Brad Stevens should have quite the time running Edwards around the court to get him his shot, which he doesn’t need much space (or time) to get off.

Grant Williams keeps improving behind the arc

Williams was known more of a “bruiser” than a shooter in college, but his shooting stroke looked sharp Thursday night. The former Tennessee Volunteer finished 4-for-5 from behind the arc, finishing with a team high 21 points.

Beyond his three point shot making an appearance, Williams continued to impress all over the court, showing his bruising style in the post and ability in the open floor.

After finishing Thursday with a team high plus-25 in 21 minutes of play, Williams is now a plus-85 in Boston’s first four Summer League games.

Legend of the Fall

The 7-foot-7 Tacko Fall had yet another impressive game for the Celtics, and is making a strong case for a new contract in Boston.

Fall played 17 minutes off the bench, finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Beyond the blocks, he showcased his versatility on the defense end of the floor while piling up some offensive highlights along the way.

The Celtics are fun again

After a 2018-19 season full of leadership issues, locker room malfunction and more losing than expected, it appears the Celtics are back to having fun.

While it is still just the Summer League, the Celtics chemistry issues seems to be on the rise, with an energetic rookie class and veteran Kemba Walker now in the fold.

Beyond the 7-foot-7 fan favorite, the Celtics have proven to play a very unselfish style of basketball this summer. And after finishing 4-0 and securing the No. 1 seed in the eight-team championship playoff bracket, it appears to be a winning style of basketball.