A mix of observations and analysis after the Celtics defeated the Nuggets 95-82 on Tuesday night to improve to 3-0 in summer league action.
Carsen Edwards wasn’t slowed down by coming off the bench: It’s no secret that the second-round pick won’t be in the starting five next year and the Celtics have made it a priority to get their top summer league rookies in roles they will be in during the regular season. Therefore, for the first time all summer, Edwards came off the bench after two strong starts. The bench adjustment did not slow Edwards down one bit as he had his best game of summer league against the Nuggets, shooting an efficient 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from 3-point range to finish with 23 points in just 24 minutes.
The offense is coming in a variety of different ways for the Celtics with the 21-year-old who averaged over 20 points per game last year at Purdue.
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“He can fly around a little bit offensively,” Scott Morrison said. “He can come off screens, catch-and-shoot real quick, get into the body of the bigs around the paint to finish. Really uses his body well given that he is smaller or shorter. Defensively, it's his ball pressure. Coach Stevens loves ball pressure and toughness and he fits right into that bag.”
Edwards credited the C’s offensive scheme for his strong start in which he’s leading the team with 19 points per game.
"Obviously everybody's offense is to get you an advantage, obviously,” I feel like the quick hitters we have, and the ones we put in, they put us in a good advantage going downhill. But then also it's just space, which is different from college to the league, so much space, so going downhill and coming off ball screens, so much space. But I'm still working, though. I still have a lot of work to do."
The battle for minutes in training camp will be fierce at the guard spot but Edwards will be heard based on his unique scoring skill set. There was no one on the C’s bench that could score in this many ways last year.
Grant Williams remains a plus/minus monster: The Tennessee product got his first start of summer league in place