NBA Summer League: Kevin Knox, Knicks Fall Short vs. Celtics

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 12:  Kevin Knox #20 of the New York Knicks handles the ball against Hassan Martin #63 of the Boston Celtics during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 12, 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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An otherwise great showing in the 2018 NBA Summer League ended in disappointing fashion for Kevin Knox and the New York Knicks.

The Boston Celtics earned an 82-75 victory Thursday to advance to the second round of the Las Vegas bracket, thus knocking the Knicks out of the competition.

Knox scored 15 points on 5-of-20 shooting. Although he struggled to find his stroke, the No. 9 overall pick continued to show he can attack the basket:


Kevin Knox to the rim! 💪 #NBARooks in #NBASummer https://t.co/bgv9NUkecm

Knox also had four rebounds and three assists, and Knicks fans have reason for excitement ahead of his rookie season, as NBA Front Office's Keith Smith noted:

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA

He got booed at the draft, but Kevin Knox seems to have won Knicks fans over here in Vegas. He's done a lot of things very well. And he's been used more and more as a PnR ball handler as the summer has gone along. He's got a lot of tools.

Fellow rookie Mitchell Robinson played a starring role in a losing effort, scoring 17 points with 12 rebounds and six blocks.

Semi Ojeleye led all scorers with 21 points and was the biggest reason the Celtics held Knox in check. Ojeleye matched up against the top-10 pick on defense and made life miserable for the former Kentucky Wildcats star.

Jabari Bird also had a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) for Boston.

With the victory, the Celtics will meet the Miami Heat in the next round. Miami beat the New Orleans Pelicans 110-106 in Thursday's first game.   


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