Rapid Reaction: Magic 95, Celtics 88
July, 7, 2013
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
Chris Forsberg/ESPN BostonPhil Pressey shoots a free throw during Boston's summer opener in Orlando.ORLANDO -- Rapid reaction after the Orlando Magic defeated the Boston Celtics 95-88 on Day 1 of the Orlando Summer League on Sunday afternoon at the Amway Center:
THE NITTY GRITTY
Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk scored a game-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds over 27 minutes, while swingman Tony Mitchell added 16 points help pace the Celtics' offense. Fab Melo scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds over 28 minutes, overcoming a sluggish start. Boston shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, but turned the ball over 23 times (both Olynyk and backup point guard Phil Pressey with a team-high five turnovers apiece). Hop HERE to see the full game box score.
SLOW START, STRONG FINISH FOR MELO
Second-year center Melo, who spent much of last season in the D-League, had an unimpressive first half in which he displayed much of the same limitations that were evident a year ago when Boston drafted him. He was better in the second half, producing a nice reach-back block on Magic rookie Victor Oladipo and finishing around the basket a couple times. He's still incredibly raw.
Jared Sullinger, in town to do conditioning work as part of his rehab from back surgery, played the role of assistant coach. He offered words of advice and encouragement to fellow young big men Olynyk and Melo, while also joining the coaches in the huddle during timeouts.
STARTERS IN FOCUS
The Celtics opened with a starting lineup featuring Olynyk, Fab Melo, Mitchell, Nolan Smith, and Darius Johnson-Odom. Smith, the Duke product who has spent the past two seasons with the Trail Blazers, had a couple early buckets before suffering a right leg injury. He limped off with trainer Ed Lacerte and did not return. Olynyk was the biggest bright spot on Day 1, scoring 17 first-half points on 7-of-8 shooting over 12:22 (more like Kelly O-Clinic, amiright?) He did battle foul trouble, but his debut would not be cut short as there is no fouling out of summer league play.
NEW SUMMER SHIRTS
The Celtics wore new black V-neck T-shirt jerseys. The short-sleeve look isn't for everyone, but it's a nice summer experiment with teams starting to adopt them as alternates around the league.
Celtics assistant coach Jamie Young, showing some serious passion on the bench even in summer league play, picked up a fourth-quarter technical for a dismissive outburst after Olynyk got called for traveling late in the frame.
The Celtics play four more games at summer league: Monday vs. Detroit (3 p.m.), Tuesday vs. Indiana (11 a.m.), Wednesday vs. Houston (3 p.m.) and a championship-round game on Friday will be determined by the standings.