LAS VEGAS — Celtics second-year wing Aaron Nesmith wasn’t pleased with going 1 for 8 in Boston’s summer league opener Sunday, and he certainly was not going to let it happen again.
On Tuesday night Nesmith erupted for 33 points to lead the Celtics to a 107-82 win over the Nuggets. He made 13 of 18 shots and 7 of 9 3-pointers.
“I know what I’m capable of,” Nesmith said. “So in the gym yesterday I made sure I went through the same routine, changed nothing, kept the same confidence, put it into my shot and just shot it the way I know I could and can every day.”
Payton Pritchard added 21 points and 12 assists for the Celtics (2-0), who will face the Magic on Thursday at 7 p.m. Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said the Celtics did not emphasize Pritchard’s role as a playmaker pre-game.
“I think he did a great job just knowing what the game needed, and the game needed for him to make the right play for other people,” Mazzulla said. “And I thought he was great at that. He ended up with 12 assists. Every game is going to be different. There’s going to be times to score and times to distribute and manage the game, and one thing we talked about was he’s learned to manage the game, now he has to manage his teammates, and make sure he makes them better on every possession, and I thought he did that today.”
Bruno Fernando, who joined the summer league roster Tuesday after his trade from the Hawks was finalized, had 9 points in his Boston debut.