NBA Summer League 2014: Chris Babb starts first game, Boston to play in 3rd-place game


Chris Babb started in his first game during the NBA Summer League, and despite not having Kelly Olynyk‘s services, the Boston Celtics were able to defeat the Orlando Magic and will play in the 3rd-place game on Friday morning.

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Babb had 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 23:52 of action. It was a near perfect game with only one turnover committed and didn’t pick up a foul in the contest. He shot 2-of-7 from the field and went 1-of-4 from downtown.

Again, while Babb didn’t overload the box score, he contributed and made a couple of clutch free throws at the end of the game to help the Celtics hold on to their 76-67 victory

Marcus Smart led the Celtics with game highs of 19 points and 5 assists. While they didn’t have Olynyk, Colton Iverson did pretty good stepping up and getting 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Despite winning, Boston has no chance to make it to the championship game in Orlando. The Indiana Pacers outscored their opponents by an accumulated score of 32 points while the Celtics had a point differential of zero.

However, they will play in the third-place game against the Pacers, the Detroit Pistons, or the Memphis Grizzlies. The game will be played at 9:00 AM Central time and will be televised on NBATV.

Friday is when the action really heats up. The Las Vegas summer league begins and DeAndre Kane, Melvin Ejim, and Tyrus McGee will all be in action. Here’s the slate for tomorrow:

  • Toronto Raptors (Diante Garrett?) vs Los Angeles Lakers (Kane) – 5:00 PM, TV: NBATV
  • Golden State Warriors (McGee) vs New Orleans Hornets – 7:30 PM, Web: ESPN3
  • Sacramento Kings vs San Antonio Spurs (Ejim) – 9:00 PM, TV: NBATV