The suspense was there… at least what could be for an NBA Summer League opener.
It was the debut of the number one overall selection in the NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz on one end, and the number three overall pick Jayson Tatum on the other. In the end it was last years number three overall pick, Jaylen Brown who stole the show.
Brown led all players with 29 points on 10-16 shooting however; it was Tatum who drilled the game winning jumper with 5.7 seconds on the clock.
Fultz for the ball for the Sixers on the alternate possession and made a nice move to the hole but his shot was blocked by Brown and the Celtics won the opener 89-88.
Fultz did look solid in his first NBA action finishing with 17 points but was only 6-16 shooting, two rebounds, two steals only one assist but three blocks. He seemed poised but shot selection will have to improve.
Another disappointment for the Sixers was Timothe Luwalu-Cabarott who finished with 16 points but was 1-9 from three, I’d say stop shooting! He did have seven rebounds and five assists though.
As a team the Sixers were 10-32 from three, these are only 10 minute quarters so that seems quite excessive. Time will tell if this trend continues.
The real story here is this was Fultz debut and here is what he had to say to reporters after the game.
“I know what I have to do now”- Markelle Fultz said being happy to get first game under his belt
The Sixers return to action on Wednesday night at 9:00 pm EST when they will take on the Utah Jazz.