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2016 Summer League: Celtics 89, Jazz 82

The Celtics didn't have the services of their top rookie Jaylen Brown (knee), but they got the job done anyways with Guerschon Yabusele and James Young leading the way.

The Celtics entered their second night of the Summer League looking to improve to 2-0, but they had to get the win without No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown, who hyperextended his knee during the game versus the 76ers on Monday. Brown's absence opened the door for James Young, and Young did not disappoint. Young went 4-5 from three, which now puts him at 6-7 in the two Summer League games. He finished the night with 17 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in just under 28 minutes. If Young can start knocking down three's, maybe hitting the coveted 40% mark, he'll have found his niche in the NBA and Boston will have the player they've needed for two years- a shooter.  

Young wasn't the only Celtic to have a big night in Utah as many players picked up the slack for the injured Jaylen Brown. Guerschon Yabusele got more of an opportunity, and he was impressive. He finished the night with 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks. He played just under 25 minutes and he only committed one turnover. His went 5-12 from the field, 0-3 from three, and he was 3-6 from the line. He and the rest of his teammates need to shoot better from the line; they were 27-37 as a team, good for 73%. If they hit six more of those, they can put teams away easier.

Offensive-minded guard Marcus Thornton continued to show flashes of a player that can provide immediate offense, a talent that is very difficult to find in today's NBA. Thornton had 10 points in 3-8 shooting, and he did that in just over 20 minutes. He can score, and he'll always find a way to get into the game offensively. Terry Rozier was the best player on the floor, finishing the night with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists, one block, and just one turnover in 29 minutes. Rookie second round pick Abdel Nader showed flashes, slashing through the lane for an impressive dunk on one play and finishing the night with six points, five rebounds, and one assist in just 11:30. If he continues to play like this, he'll challenge for a roster spot.

Trey Lyles led the way for the hometown Jazz with 26 points and 11 rebounds in just under 33 minutes. Old friend Dionte Christmas went 6-11 from the field, scoring 14 points and pushing the Jazz back into the game, but it wasn't enough as the talented Celtics roster overwhelmed Utah on their way to a second consecutive victory. 

Boston (2-0) will face the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday at 7pm ET.

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