We have seen some signs of life from the Boston Celtics in their last two Summer League contests and there are definitely reasons to start getting excited for the upcoming season.
After yesterday’s game against the Orlando Magic, and the previous day’s game against the Detroit Pistons, here are some thoughts about what’s going on with the Celtics neophytes.
- Marcus Smart is showing us what kind of rookie season he will likely have in Boston. There are going to be a lot of poor-shooting nights, but, and it’s a big one, he has hustled his way into my heart and will eventually earn extra minutes because of his defense and his ability to run the floor with Rajon Rondo.
- One concern has been the play of Phil Pressey, who hasn’t shot the ball well at all in Orlando. One thing that should separate Pressey from say Smart or other potential backup point guards was his mid-range game, but he seems rattled by his own performance so far this summer.
- Another guard gaining popularity among Celtics brass and fans is Chris Babb. Babb was my guy last year and until he is knocked off the roster, he will always be my guy. His skills are limited, but if he makes the roster, the C’s may have one of the toughest and more annoying backcourts in the Association.
Boston is now 3-1 in Summer League games and continues today against the Indiana Pacers, the one club that they have lost to so far. It is going to be a busy weekend in the NBA, so barring someone going for a cool 100 points tomorrow, the Celtics-Pacers game may be overshadowed by the likes of LeBron James and any innuendos he drops on his website.