Rapid Reaction: Celtics 102, Magic 83
THE NITTY GRITTY
The Celtics spread around the summer league fun, putting seven players in double figures, including a team-high 14 points for Tony Mitchell and 12 points for rookie first-round pick Kelly Olynyk (who added a team-high seven rebounds over a mere 15 minutes). Fab Melo posted 11 points, five rebounds, and a block over 18 minutes, while Phil Pressey capped an impressive summer showing with seven points and 10 assists. Boston (3-2) avenged its opening-day loss to the host Magic (2-3). Hop HERE for the full box score.
WHAT IT MEANS
Goodbye, summer league. The Celtics will not participate in the Vegas event, meaning their summer exhibitions are over. Olynyk proved to be one of the tournament's breakout stars and should land on the all-tournament team. Second-round pick Colton Iverson got a chance to showcase his toughness and made his case for latching on with the varsity squad if there's roster space (if not, a year overseas could loom). Pressey played his way into a training camp invite and, like Iverson, could be a nice young addition at the end of the roster should the Celtics have space to carry him.
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