Summer League Recap: Pacers 96, Celtics 77
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By Josh Cohen
July 7, 2014
ORLANDO -- If Willie Reed’s early Summer League performances are any indication of what’s in store for the promising young big man, we may soon be talking about him as one of the many D-League success stories around the league.
Reed posted 18 points and six rebounds on Monday to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 96-77 victory over the Boston Celtics. He shot 8-of-12 from the field and thoroughly outplayed Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson in the paint.
After going undrafted in 2011 out of Saint Louis University and despite getting waived by the Kings and Grizzlies during his recent NBA stints, Reed demonstrated his potential in the D-League in Springfield and Reno the last three years. He now hopes a quality Summer League showing will give him another chance to stick with an NBA team.
"The D-League helped me to expand my game defensively," Reed said. "I'm going to give it everything I have (to make an NBA roster) and hopefully everything will work out for itself."
Kevin Jones chipped in with 17 points for Indiana, which trailed by as many as 18 before storming back late in the first half and early second. The Pacers outscored the Celtics by 23 in the second quarter and 15 in the third.
For the second straight game, Marcus Smart, selected sixth overall by Boston, struggled with his shot. He made just three of his 15 attempts from the field and finished with 11 points. Olynyk also was out of rhythm – scoring 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
The Pacers are off on Tuesday before returning to action on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 3 p.m., while the Celtics will look to bounce back when they take on the Detroit Pistons later that day at 7 p.m.