Young (hip) questionable for Saturday's game

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LAS VEGAS – The bruised hip injury suffered by James Young on Thursday doesn’t appear to be too serious, but it’s unclear if the second-year wing will play in Saturday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Vegas Summer League.

Young had one point in just nine minutes of action in Thursday’s 85-71 win over San Antonio in the Utah Jazz Summer League.

“We’ll be cautious with it,” said Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, who was the head coach of Boston’s summer league team in Salt Lake City. “He was starting to look a little more comfortable in this third game before he got hurt. It’s unfortunate that he got hurt.”

Despite heading into his second NBA season, Young has had a series of injuries and minor setbacks that have contributed in some part to his limited playing time last season.

As a rookie, Young appeared in 31 games for the Celtics, averaging 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds.  

But Young has added 20 pounds to his not-so-lithe frame while lowering his body fat, providing the kind of hope and promise that he can better withstand the physical rigors of the NBA game.

Young went into summer league hoping to put his bulked up frame to use against competition other than his teammates.

“You don’t get to go up and down as much in practice,” Young said. “I’ve really improved on a couple things and I just can’t wait to showcase it.”

 

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