3 quick takeaways from Celtics' scrimmage vs. Thunder

Ryan Hannable
July 25, 2020 - 7:17 am
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Although it didn't count in the standings, the Celtics returned to action Friday for the first time since the NBA shutdown.

The Celtics took on the Thunder in the first of three scrimmages in Orlando, but fell 98-84.

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Next up they will take on the Suns on Sunday and Rockets on Tuesday before officially resuming the season Friday against the Bucks.

Here are three takeaways from the scrimmage.

A little rusty

The starters did not shoot very well, as they shot 44 percent as a team. Jayson Tatum was 1-for-6, Gordon Hayward 3-for-7, Marcus Smart 3-for-8 and Carsen Edwards 2-for-8. This shouldn't be cause for concern and perhaps could be a good thing to get it out of the way now before the games count. The second unit struggled late and allowed the Thunder to stretch the lead to 18 in the closing minutes.

Tremont Waters shines

Waters may have been the best story to come out of the game for the Celtics as after spending the season in the G-league he looked like he belonged in the NBA. He finished with seven points, five assists and two rebounds, while putting forth a strong effort on the defensive end. It's unclear how much playing time he will get, but Friday's performance did him well.

No Romeo Langford

It was strange not to see the rookie on the court, but afterwards Brad Stevens said it was due to a stomach illness. “They don’t think it’s anything big,” Stevens told reporters. “Obviously, antennas go up right now and around here whenever you have that -- we just decided to keep him back. Sounds like he’s doing better and that was it.”

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