July 9, 2006 Gomes sure has become a huge steal for a 50th pick. We can hope that Danny found another couple of steals this year in Leon Powe (#49) and Allan Ray (Undrafted). Free Throw shooting has been a problem for this team, including Pierce, since last season. We need to work on that because we have a lot of players who can get to the rim and draw the foul but if they can't hit the FTs, it really hurts us.
LAS VEGAS -- In a mass of rookies and young free agents at this year's Toshiba Vegas Summer League, Amare Stoudemire, Ron Artest, and perhaps Sebastian Telfair, were considered the established veterans who would be able to toy with the inexperienced competition.
Not too many people at UNLV's Cox Pavilion were talking about Ryan Gomes early in the week. By the end of yesterday's first game, though, he might have been leading the way in the "men playing with boys" list.
If the Celtics plan to experiment with a double point guard lineup this season they got off to a fast start yesterday with Telfair and first-round draft pick Rajon Rondo both in the starting lineup and sharing the duties. Both had more of an impact when being the primary ball-handler.
Telfair also looked to show off his maligned outside shot as he finished with a trio of 3-pointers on 3-of-5 shooting from outside. Overall, he was second on the team with 17 points and had a team-leading six assists to go along with six turnovers.
Rondo shone defensively and on the break with eight points, four steals and four assists.
Al Jefferson was forced to play mostly center given the Boston roster. He got off to a rough start, but had a much stronger fourth quarter and wound up with 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. He showed little effect of the "tweaked" ankle that has been acting up recently.
Allan Ray showed off his outside shooting ability with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting from distance. Much of his time came in a three-guard set with Telfair and Rondo both joining him on the floor.
The Celtics took full advantage of the league's liberal rules regarding fouls. Boston committed 37 infractions in a 40-minute game. Jefferson led the way with seven (there is no fouling out), while Gerald Green and Rondo each had six and Leon Powe, Gomes and Telfair all had five.
Boston's poor foul shooting helped keep the game close. The Celtics hit only 18-of-33 from the line (54.5 percent). It was barely better than their 53.0 percent shooting percentage from the floor (35-for-66).
The Celtics next play tonight at 10 p.m. (EDT) against the Los Angeles Clippers. They then have tomorrow off and face the Toronto Raptors Tuesday afternoon.