5 Takeaways from Celtics Summer League Win Over Nuggets

The Boston Celtics played stellar team ball in a decisive 95-82 win over the Denver Nuggets in NBA Summer League Action.


Ok, so our Summer League team is undefeated, but it’s hard not get overly excited when our young players are doing this well.

The Celtics youngsters impressed again tonight with a 95-82 victory over the Denver Nuggets, even without 2 year veteran Guerschon Yabusele in tonight’s lineup.

Here are 5 takeaways from tonights game.

1. Javonte Green Dunks

Javonte Green has impressed throughout summer league posting a +14 and earning a start tonight. While he has played well to start the NBA Summer League he has made a splash with a collection of monster slams.

On one occasion Green absolutely annihilated a Nuggets player with a monster slam in transition. On the following possession Green was off and running for another dunk attempt and the same player committed a clear path foul to avoid being posterized a second time.

2. Yes it was Tacko Tuesday

He’s 7 feet, 7 inches tall and someone dressed up as a taco tonight in his honor. Quite simply Tacko Fall is a living icon. Fall has played well throughout the NBA Summer League and even garnered some high praise from Brad Stevens during a pregame interview with reporters.

Fall only managed 4 points on 2-of-4 shooting and was oh for 2 from the free throw line with a noticeable hitch in his release. He also grabbed 4 boards and blocked one shot in 17 minutes of action.

3. Brad Stevens Has High Hopes for Gordon Hayward

A big wild card for the Celtics this season will be which Gordon Hayward we see when the regular season rolls around. If Hayward does not return to his pre-injury Alll-Star form it won’t be for lack of trying.

Brad Stevens says Hayward has been going at it hard all offseason, most of which has been spent at the team’s practice facility, the Auerbach Center.

“He’s been in Boston almost the whole time,” Stevens said. “He works during the week in Boston, and then he’ll go on some weekend trips.

“He started a little bit earlier than he does normally, and he’s been going early in the mornings,” the coach continued. “You better be an early riser to catch him walking out the door, let alone in it. He gets up there and gets his work done.”

4. Carsen Edwards can find his own shot

Second round pick Carsen Edwards clearly isn’t afraid to shoot but it’s the ease with which he is able to get his shot off that is eye catching. Edwards finished with a team high 23 points including five 3-pointers.

Edwards has led the Summer Celtics in scoring each of their 3 games and is averaging 19 points per game in Summer League action.

5. Grant Williams makes a positive impact…..again

Grant Williams had another solid game for the Celtics and whether you believe in the merits of plus minus, it’s hard not to notice that when Williams is on the floor, the team is better.

Williams finished with 16 points and 8 boards and a +16 in 29 minutes of action. Through three games Williams is a combined +57.