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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 02:11

Boston Celtics rout Miami Heat in Vegas Summer League Action

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Big 4th Quarter gives the Boston Celtics a 101-69 win over the Miami Heat and Justise Winslow.

The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 101-69 thanks to a decisive 36-14 4th Quarter in the Las Vegas Summer League.  The Heat squad featured lottery pick Justise Winslow; a player that many Celtics fans hoped would be donning a Celtics cap on draft night.  Winslow had a tough night, scoring only 5 points on 1-5 shooting with 3 turnovers and left the game after playing only 10 minutes because of rolled ankle late in the 1st quarter.

The Celtics de facto Summer League Captain, Marcus Smart, returned to the lineup after a one-game absence and struggled with his shot, going 1-11 from the field including 0-8 from three.  However, Smart along with fellow starters Terry Rozier, Jordan Mickey and Justin Holmes set a positive early tone for the Green with aggressive defense and uptempto offense.

Rozier looked especially comfortable and confident running the offense.  He finished with 7 assists and only one turnover and his halfcourt, fastbreak lob to Jordan Mickey was the highlight of what was often a sloppy game.

Jordan Mickey had a quiet offensive night but was consistently effective on the boards (11 rebounds, 4 offensive) and protecting the rim.  RJ Hunter once again displayed a nice all-around game with 13 points on only 7 shots along with solid defense and heady passing.

The leading scorer and offensive star of the game though was 2nd pick, Marcus Thornton.  He scored 21 points, hitting both of his three pointers and all 9 free throw attempts.  In his first extended stint in Summer League Action, Thornton relentlessly attacked the basket and displayed creativity and touch finishing near the basket.

The Celtics maintained a comfortable 5-10 point lead through the first 3 quarters before a 12-0 run spanning the end of the 3rd quarter into the early 4th quarter broke the game open.  An 11-2 run to close out the game pushed the lead up over 30.  The big 4th quarter featured end of the rotation guys like CJ Fair, Malcolm Miller, Ralph Sampson III, and Michael Holyfield.


Rich Conte

Rich Conte has been passionately following the Boston Celtics and the NBA for almost 40 years.  That interest began with the classic Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Final, blossomed during the original Big Three era, and persisted through the lean years of the 90s and the "Thanksdad" Gaston era.  Rich has been blogging and podcasting through CLNS Radio for the past two years  and also hosts a technology podcast; The Tech Life on the Beats and Eats network.  You can follow him on Twitter @richconte and find him as a frequent contributor to the Celtics Beat Podcast discussion group on Facebook.