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Sixers 76, Celtics 62

Celtics summer team off target again

The Celtics’ Jonathan Holmes stuffs Jahlil Okafor during the Sixers’ 76-62 summer league victory Tuesday in Salt Lake City. Holmes had 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks, while Okafor, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 Draft, had 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 turnovers.Rick Bowmer/Associated press

SALT LAKE CITY — Last season, the Celtics made just 32.7 percent of their 3-point attempts, ranking 27th in the league. If this team is to thrive in 2015-16, its shooting must improve.

Through two summer league games, the results have not been encouraging.

Boston made just 3 of 29 of its 3-point attempts in a 76-62 loss to the 76ers on Tuesday night at Energy Solutions Arena. Including Monday’s loss to the Jazz, the Celtics are 9 for 54 from long range.

Although the regular-season roster will look nothing like this summer league edition, it is also true that several players with the potential to have an impact next season are struggling. James Young, Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter combined to go just 1 for 13 on 3-pointers Tuesday.


“I didn’t think we were very good the whole night,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “It’s just one of those things where we never had a rhythm. And it would have felt better if we’d made some shots.”

Rozier led Boston with 14 points and C.J. Fair was the only other Celtic to reach double figures, scoring 10. The Celtics were were outrebounded, 55-35.

Guard Marcus Smart, who scored 26 points in the loss to Utah on Monday night, sat out to rest. Third-year guard Phil Pressey, a late addition to the team, sat out for the second consecutive night.

Boston is off on Wednesday before finishing round-robin play against the Spurs on Thursday.

Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.