Monday, July 5, 2010

Takeaways from C's Summer League Collapse: Thunder 87, Celtics 82.

This article was originally published for CelticsLife.com


The Thunder took the first lead of the game 35 seconds in, 2-0. They didn't lead again until 4 minutes were left - taking the game 87-82. Oklahoma City was the heavy favorite heading into the Summer League game as recognizable names such as James Harden, Serge Ibaka and Eric Maynor were on the court. However, the less experienced Celtics suprised everyone and dominated nearly the whole game, building a lead as large as 21 in the second quarter and holding the Thunder to 33% shooting in the first half. Yet, they wilted down the stretch and let OKC go on a late run to take the game. Here are some takeaways:


Harangody shines in Celtics' Summer Meltdown: 
Second round pick, Luke Harangody, was very impressive in the 27 minutes he played. As Bailey pointed out in his draft breakdown, the PF from Notre Dame had a prolific college career. He averaged 20 points a game for the last three years in the big east. Today, he led the Celtics with 23 points on 9/13 shooting. Aside from being a solid presence in the post, Harangody didn't miss a single three pointer in the first half - going 4/4 and ending the game 4/6. He played smart basketball with urgency and intensity - looking like someone that could very well get some playing time come November.

Erden underwhelms:
Earlier today the Celtics signed 7-footer Semih Erden, whom they drafted 60th overall in 2008. 7 foot big men don't come around often so Ainge was hoping that the Turkish Center would impress. Unfortunately, he didn't. In 21 minutes, Erden only netted 2 points and 4 rebounds. As the Thunder rallied to beat the C's down the stretch, Erden was largely on the losing end of a matchup with Byron Mullens who posted game-highs of 24 points and 4 offensive rebounds.

Erden's backup, Artsiom Parakhouski, was much more impressive - reeling in 10 rebounds (most in the game) in 17 minutes.

Serge Ibaka goes down:
Erden was involved in a fall where his legs got entangled with those of OKC Forward, Serge Ibaka. Ibaka went down in pain and limped off the court. Many were surprised to see some of the Thunder's regular players on the court for this very reason. One would hope that the injury is not serious.

Lafayette and Carroll impress:
In addition to Harangody, Oliver Lafayette and Jaycee Carroll were also impressive. Point guard, Lafayette, did an excellent job running the offense and driving to the basket - ending the game with 14 points on 6/10 shooting. Carroll chipped in offensively as well, netting 6 buckets for 13 points. Both were excellent making the extra pass and kept the ball moving. Lafayette led the game with 5 assists while Carrol tied for second with 4.


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