Celtics Fall Behind Early, Drop Summer Finale To Mavs
Big Baby had a huge game, but the Celtics allowed a big first half lead to explode to 20 points in the second half, and they dropped their final Summer League game 90-71 to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday afternoon.
Davis was an absolute beast in the paint for the Celtics on both ends, seemingly scoring at will and swatting shots just about as frequently. Davis finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and six rejections. Davis seemed to get more comfortable each game as the league went on, and clearly was the best player on the floor Saturday afternoon.
The Mavericks' success was largely due to a Boston product. Point guard Jose Juan Barea (Northeastern University) scored 10 points and racked up 11 assists in just 24 minutes of action, and he had the Mavs playing uptempo offense that seemed to wear out the Celtics. Boston had a quick turnaround from last night's game and had to be fatigued coming into this afternoon's action.
Rajon Rondo did not play again as a healthy scratch while the club continued to look at Gabe Pruitt running the show, but Pruitt looked better on Friday than he did today. Gerald Green also continued to struggle, hitting just four of his 14 attempts. That said, he was attacking the basket, and hit 7-10 on free throws, leading to his 15-point night.