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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Celtics Injury Update: James Young may miss summer league due to strained neck

By on 7/02/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Boston Celtics struggled to a 25-win season in 2013-2014 season, much due to a woeful offensive attack that averaged only 96.2 points per game, 26th in the NBA.  Looking for a boost to the offense in the draft, the Celtics drafted 18-year old James Young in the first round out of Kentucky.  Young was projected higher than the 17th pick, but a neck injury he sustained in a car accident a few weeks prior to the draft enabled the Celtics to pick him up lower in the first round. But now it appears that Young may miss the summer league due to the injury.

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As reported by Brian Robb at, at today's first practice for the Celtics summer league team, Young was sidelined because of lingering effects from the accident. At this point there is no word as to whether or not Young will be ready for the summer league opener on Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Summer league coach Jay Larranaga said the team will be cautious with Young and Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens will make the final determination as to when Young will play.

Several prominent names, including Kelly Olynyk, Chris Johnson, Chris Babb, Phil Pressey and rookie Marcus Smart are part of the Celtics summer league roster.

Young played in 40 games during his only season at Kentucky. He averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He shot only 40.7 percent from the floor and 34.9 percent from three-point range, so it's important Young can see some action this summer to work on his shooting.

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