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Celtics vs. Rockets: Watch best highlights from final Orlando scrimmage

Celtics vs. Rockets: Watch best highlights from Boston’s final scrimmage

By Nick Goss July 28, 2020 10:54 PM

The Boston Celtics wrapped up their scrimmage schedule from the NBA bubble Tuesday night by giving their young players and bench plenty of playing time against the Houston Rockets.

The Celtics rested their normal starting five plus Marcus Smart and Enes Kanter, while the Rockets played their starters into the second half. The young C’s started out hot and opened a 10-0 lead, but it didn’t take long for James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the veteran Houston lineup to take control of the game.

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There wasn’t a lot of defense played in the second half as the Rockets cruised to a 137-112 victory.

Harden, who leads the league in scoring at 34.4 points per game, poured in a game-high 35 points on 10-for-16 shooting. The Celtics had six players score in double figures, led by Carsen Edwards’ 19 points and Grant Williams’ 15 points. Celtics center Tacko Fall also made his scrimmage debut and scored six points in nine minutes.

Here are the best highlights from the Celtics’ final scrimmage in the Orlando bubble.

HIGHLIGHTS

Robert Williams started the action with a slam dunk.

Brad Wanamaker scored on a nice drive to the basket.

James Harden led all scorers with 13 points in the first quarter.

Grant Williams’ offensive game has really improved.

A sick crossover, a behind-the-back pass and a 3-point shot — all in 10 seconds.

G-League Rookie of the Year Tremont Waters showed off his range from beyond the arc.

CARSEN. EDWARDS.

Tacko Fall denied former Celtic Jeff Green.

The action begins for real on Friday night when the Celtics take on the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks in their first seeding game of the league’s restart. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston’s coverage of Celtics-Bucks, which begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 6:30 p.m. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.

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NBA Rumors: Celtics’ Marcus Smart fined for Friday’s comments about officiating

By Justin Leger August 01, 2020 7:24 PM

Marcus Smart has been disciplined for his comments made after Friday night’s Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks game.

The Celtics guard was fined $15,000 for criticizing the officials in his postgame press conference, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston’s coverage of Celtics-Trail Blazers, which begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 3:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Smart was irked by Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo being the beneficiary of multiple borderline calls, including an overturned offensive foul that turned into a blocking foul on Smart.

“The excuse was I was late on the charge. The replay center said I was late and it was a block,” Smart said after the game. “Quite frankly, I think we all know what that was about. Giannis has 6 fouls. They didn’t want to get him out. Let’s just call a spade a spade. That’s just what it is.”

Smart wasn’t the only Celtic bothered by the controversial calls. Jaylen Brown took to Instagram after Boston’s loss to share his displeasure with a hilarious post featuring Antetokounmpo and a ref.

With all of that drama in the rearview mirror, the C’s will move on to face the Portland Trail Blazers in the second game of their season restart. Coverage of that matchup will start Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET right here on NBC Sports Boston.

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Celtics’ Jayson Tatum after rough night against Bucks: ‘On to the next one’

By A. Sherrod Blakely August 01, 2020 3:55 PM

BOSTON — When Jayson Tatum was asked about what he saw on film following Boston’s 119-112 loss Friday night, he quipped, “a lot of missed shots.”

Especially those that left his hands.

Tatum had five points on a woeful 2-for-18 shooting performance which stands one of his worst shooting performances this season.

On November 11 of last year, Tatum missed 17 of 18 shot attempts against Dallas and like Friday’s game against Milwaukee, he finished with a season-low five points.

The Celtics wound up beating the Mavericks 116-106 which is why the sting of Friday’s 119-112 loss to the Bucks was the kind of game Tatum is eager to move on from as soon as possible.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston’s coverage of Celtics-Trail Blazers, which begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 3:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

He’ll get his wish when the Celtics take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday afternoon.

“We play every other day so you always have a chance to bounce back and forget about the last game,” Tatum said.

Having that mindset bodes well for Tatum going forward, especially when you consider the amount of attention he is getting and will continue to receive during his ascension as one of the NBA’s top players.

Tatum came into the NBA’s restart as one of the league’s hottest players.

Since the All-Star break, only Washington’s Bradley Beal (36.5 points per game) and the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (30.0 points per game) had a higher scoring average than Tatum (29.9).

Playing at such a high level thrust Tatum’s name into the conversation about the best of the best in the NBA, players who on a night-in, night-out basis draw considerable praise and attention from fans and opponents. 

But it is performances like the one we saw on Friday from Tatum that raises some questions as to whether it might be premature to put the 22-year-old Tatum among the game’s elite right now.

“I don’t really let things like that affect me,” Tatum said of his struggles against the Bucks. “I try not to pay too much attention to it, especially if I’m playing bad or even when I’m playing good. You have nights like that, you have good nights. Always, on to the next one.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens isn’t the least bit worried about Tatum’s rough night, either. 

“Some nights are just not your night,” Stevens said. “He’s an unreal basketball player. That doesn’t mean every day the ball will go in at sixty percent. So, at the end of the day, he’ll … learn what he needs to do and try to do it better next time.”

Stevens added, “One of the things I think all of these guys that are great understand is, not every day is your day. Sometimes you have to be able to learn, laugh it off and move on.”

Tags: Boston Celtics, A. Sherrod Blakely, Jayson Tatum

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