Three quick takeaways from the Celtics’ second Summer League win


After defeating the 76ers 96-82 Saturday, the Celtics took home another Summer League win Monday night, beating Cleveland 89-72.

But the score isn't nearly as important as the development and performance of the players.

Here are three things worth noting:


It’s Tacko (Fall) Time.

Fall is clearly a crowd favorite, with fans cheering any time the ball is even remotely near him, and boos when he is taken out. Fans even chanted “we want Tacko” in the third quarter. And tonight, he lived up to the hype.

Fall was effective on both ends of the court, shutting players down in the paint, blocking shots, grabbing rebounds, but also breaking out offensively. He continues to run the floor quicker than initially expected, proving he's put in the work to address the concern. He's shown he can finish at the rim and is a threat in the post offensively, closing out the night with 12 points, trailing only Carsen Edwards who had 14.

His height adds a whole other dimension, clearly, and it’s proving to have a significant impact. When the 7-foot-6 center has his hands up in the paint, he’s the first to get the ball off the glass, and making it easy for him to get second-chance scoring opportunities. Other players simply just cannot out-reach Fall.


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Tremont Waters is a multidimensional offensive threat.

Waters may have been the Celtics’ last pick on draft night at No. 51, but he’s showing the organization that he can knock down shots. He came out hot right from the start, draining the first field goal and three-pointer he shot in the first three minutes. Waters led the team with seven at the end of the first quarter. But he didn’t score again until halfway through the fourth, finishing the night with 11.

Though, when Waters had quiet second and third quarters, he displayed his playmaking abilities. He’s shifty, and quick off the dribble, and his bright pink sneakers never stop moving. Waters closed out the night leading the team with five assists. 

Despite being the shortest player on the roster, the 5-foot-11 guard also showed that won’t stop him. In the second quarter, he leapt up to pick off a pass on what would've been a fast break for Cleveland. He then flew up the court to then make a no-look pass between his legs to a trailing Chinanu Onuaku, who finished the play at the rim.

Scott Morrison says Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters complement each other well, because Edwards is score-first and Waters is great at setting teammates up for success.

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Guerschon Yabusele’s dislocated pinky won’t help.

Yabusele was clearly looking to prove himself going into tonight after what was a disappointing performance Saturday, but for the first half, it wasn’t clear if he would get that opportunity. He dove to the floor after a loose ball, but came up clutching his left hand in the first quarter with what turned out to be a dislocated pinky.

He had a quiet second half, missing a layup on a fast break, as well as an alley-oop, after which he ended up diving into the stands and landing on a camera man in the process. He was slow to get up.

This will be Yabusele's third year in the NBA, so one would think he would help lead some of the less-experienced players, but that has not been the case. He doesn’t stand out. And his dislocated pinky could result in further struggles going forward.


Next, the Celtics will take on the Nuggets Tuesday night at 8 p.m.