ORLANDO — The Celtics dropped their first game in the Orlando Summer League, 95-88, to an Orlando Magic club that played several players from its regular roster. The storyline, however, was the performance of Kelly Olynyk, who finished with 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting with 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
Olynyk’s jumper looked smooth and he also showed some grit around the basket. Former Alabama forward Tony Mitchell added 16 for the Celtics while Phil Pressey scored 11. Fab Melo finished with 9 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes but attempted only five shots.
Celtics coach Jay Larranaga, coaching in front of his father, Jim, head coach at the University of Miami, said he was pleased with the overall effort despite 23 turnovers.
“I thought for the most part we really played unselfishly,” Larranaga said. “They did what we asked of them. We knew coming in, these summer situations, turnovers are a problem for a lot of teams. I thought we competed for the whole 40 minutes and we’re pretty proud with how they played.”
Olynyk canned two of his four 3-point attempts and made all five free throws. He shot with relative ease but Larranaga wanted to see more.
“I think Kelly’s very, very skilled,” Larranaga said. “He can shoot. He can pass. He can dribble. He plays defensively. He talks. One of his biggest strengths is how well he talks the game and how he stays connected to his teammates. He’s got to shoot when he’s open. He had some shots that he turned down and he’s such an unselfish player, we need to keep encouraging him to shoot when he’s open.”