Jayson Tatum off to great start in Utah summer league
The Celtics are 1-1 in Utah summer league play and will face the Jazz on Thursday at 9 p.m. before heading to Las Vegas for Saturday’s game against the Lakers.
Jayson Tatum’s NBA summer league debut consisted of 21 points, seven rebounds and five steals in the 89-88 win against Markelle Fultz and the 76ers on Monday. With just over five seconds left on the clock, Tatum stepped into a 15-foot jump shot to gain the edge over the 76ers and close out the game. In the win, Jaylen Brown led all scorers with 29 points and all players in rebounding with 13.
On Wednesday, the Celtics fell to the Spurs, 81-70 while Tatum posted his first double-double consisting of 23 points and 10 rebounds. He was 10-for-18 from the field and shot 33.3 percent from three-point range. Brown added six points shooting 33.3 percent from the field, but couldn’t hit from deep range going 0-for-4. However, he pulled down eight rebounds.
Out of the teams participating in the Utah summer league, Tatum is averaging the most points with 22 per game, and sits at third in rebounds with 8.5 per game, while Brown leads the rebounding group with 10.5 per game.
Ante Zizic, a Celtics draft pick of a year ago, has shown promise. In two games he has pitched in 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game. 2016 second-round draft pick, Abdel Nader has been a contributing factor averaging 13.5 points and four rebounds in the first two games.
The starting lineup has been consistent with Brown and Tatum as forwards, Zizic at center and Semi Ojeleye as a guard while Kadeem Allen and Demetrius Jackson have both started one game at the guard position, while Jackson didn’t play against the Spurs, per coach’s decision.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog