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Celtics drop Summer League opener to Jazz

Though he was just 6 for 20 from the field, Marcus Smart led the Celtics in their Summer League loss to the Jazz with 26 points. AP

SALT LAKE CITY — The Celtics lost to the Jazz, 100-82, in the opener of the Utah Jazz Summer League on Monday night.

Marcus Smart led Boston with 26 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds but shot just 6 of 20 from the field. Jordan Mickey, a second-round draft pick from Louisiana State, was Boston’s bright spot, making 7 of 8 shots for 16 points. The Celtics were 6 of 25 on 3-pointers and they were outrebounded by the Jazz, 51-31.

“I told the guys, this was the first real NBA experience for eight guys,” Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga said. “Hopefully they learned a lot from it.”


First-round pick Terry Rozier had 7 points and 5 rebounds. Boston’s other first-round pick, R.J. Hunter, missed all five of his field-goal attempts and did not score.

Third-year Guard Phil Pressey, a late addition to the summer league roster, did not play. Celtics coaches had previously said Pressey would likely play in selected games. Center Colton Iverson has left the team to sign a contract with a professional team overseas, according to a team source.

Iverson was selected by the Pacers in the second round of the 2013 draft and then traded for the Celtics. He had played for the Celtics’ summer league teams in each of the past two seasons before ultimately playing in Turkey and Spain. Iverson was replaced on the roster by former Minnesota center Ralph Sampson III. The Celtics will face the 76ers on Tuesday night.

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