ORLANDO — After seven consecutive days of practices and game, a weary Celtics summer league squad trailed most of the way and a late rally fell short in an 85-78 loss to the Houston Rockets at the Orlando Summer Pro League in Amway Center.
Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points with 10 rebounds but also committed seven fouls (foul out limit is 10) and five turnovers. He finished 8-for-14 shooting from the field and 0-for-5 from the 3-point line. The Celtics shot 37.7 percent and committed 16 turnovers and missed a whopping 23 3-pointers.
“I thought some guys were definitely tired today,” summer league coach Jay Larranaga said. “You can be tired and still compete and I thought we were tired and didn’t compete for the whole time. We had our stretches but I thought Houston did a better job of giving all-out effort than we did.”
Former Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis finished with 14 points while point guard Phil Pressey scored 6 on 2-for-9 shooting but added 10 assists. Former Kentucky forward Terrence Jones led the Rockets with 17 points, often facing off against Olynyk, while ex-Marquette guard Vander Blue added 16.
“Terrence is a good play, had a very good college career, having a very good summer league, he’s hard to guard,” summer league coach Jay Larranaga said. “I thought Kelly held his own and just needs to continue to improve.”
Said Olynyk: “I think it was a good test, a good bar to set. You can’t back down. You have to go in there and work hard and keep playing.”
The Celtics were without Darius Johnson-Odom, who left the team to joint the Denver Nuggets summer league squad in Las Vegas.