C's have rough night shooting, lose to 76ers, 76-62


SALT LAKE CITY – The Boston Celtics had yet another rough night shooting the ball and the result was yet another loss, this time at the hands of Philadelphia 76-62.

The Celtics, playing without Marcus Smart (rest), missed 20 of their 23 3-point attempts through the first three quarters of play which set the tone for Boston’s second loss in as many summer league games. 

Much of the attention heading into the game was centered on Sixers big man Jahlil Okafor, the No. 3 pick in June’s NBA draft.

The Celtics employed multiple strategies to limit his effectiveness, but for the most part Jonathan Holmes and Jordan Mickey consistently fought for position that kept Okafor from ever getting too comfortable around the basket. 

And when Okafor tried to score from the perimeter, the Celtics big men were able to contest his shots. He still managed to score 13 points along with a game-high nine rebounds.

Meanwhile Boston got strong play from rookie Terry Rozier who had 14 points and looked a lot more comfortable running the team than he did on Monday.

James Young, trying to bounce back from a rough game on Monday, didn’t fare much better on Tuesday with nine points. 

Boston will have Wednesday off and return to action on Thursday to close out summer league play in Utah against the San Antonio Spurs.

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