Monday, June 1, 2020

Boston Celtics Team Shamrock remains intact. All 4 Celtics make Team USA’s final roster. Kyle Kuzma last player cut.

According to Bleacher Report, all four Boston Celtics have made the final cut and will be on Team USA’s final roster for FIBA World Cup play. The final player cut from the 12-man roster was Kyle Kuzma, reportedly for an ankle injury

Kyle Kuzma was the team’s last cut with an ankle injury

— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) August 24, 2019

Some  believed Jaylen Brown’s quiet performance in Team USA’s intrasquad scrimmage would get him cut.  Others thought Marcus Smart’s status with the team due to his injury. Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum both seemed like a lock for the China trip from the beginning.

Smart exhibited little rust in his return to action

Marcus Smart may have been a bit tentative in his nine minutes of floor time, but he put up seven points on 2-of-3 from the field and 1-of 2 from deep. He looked better than I expected, and his injury may be in the past. Brown shot perfectly with 3-of-3 on field goals and 1-of-1 beyond the arc for eight points.

Miles Plumless was the guy I expected to be cut. He has seemed outmatched in the competition, and even last night he only put up one point and grabbed three boards in ten minutes. Gregg Popovich may feel Plumlee’s length may be needed against specific opponents.

Its official. Boston Celtics Team Shamrock will remain intact, and four guys in green will be heading to China . Popovich obviously has faith in Walker, Tatum, Smart and Tatum to perform well and play as a team. Last’s night’s 98-94 loss to Australia may provide impetus for that to happen.

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