Summer League Recap: Celtics, 85, Heat 77
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By Josh Cohen
July 5, 2014
ORLANDO -- All Marcus Smart and Shabazz Napier need to do is watch footage of Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams from last year’s Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League to restore any confidence they may have lost on Saturday.
Both Burke and Carter-Williams, who eventually was named this past season’s Rookie of the Year, had appalling shooting and turnover-prone performances last July before starring for Utah and Philadelphia. Smart (2-of-8 from field, 10 points) and Napier (3-of-15, 12 points) showed similar rust during Boston’s 85-77 victory over Miami.
While Smart, the sixth overall pick of the Celtics after starring for two years at Oklahoma State, didn’t shoot well, he did have a positive impact in other ways with five rebounds, three assists and five steals. Napier, on the other hand, who led UConn to an NCAA title this past season before getting acquired by the Heat on draft night from the Hornets, struggled across the stat sheet with just two assists and eight turnovers.
"I felt this game would be a big learning experience for me which it was," Napier said. "I came out with a little jitters. I will learn from this as quick as I can. I have to learn my teammates on the fly. It's a big adjustment."
There was no apparent rust for some of the more experienced NBA talent, particularly Boston’s Kelly Olynyk and Miami’s James Ennis. Olynyk led the C’s with 20 points and Ennis, who played overseas last season, posted 18 points and eight rebounds.
Missing from action was James Young, the 17th overall pick of the Celtics out of Kentucky, who didn’t play for precautionary reasons after getting into a minor car accident a couple of weeks ago.