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Celtics bounce back with big win over Suns in scrimmage

We recap the scrimmage between Phoenix and Boston from the NBA bubble, providing a quick recap, stats and a few takeaways.

Frank Kaminsky of the Phoenix Suns plays defense on Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics on July 26, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

The Boston Celtics got PG Kemba Walker back in the lineup, and bounced back with a solid 117-103 win over the Phoenix Suns in a scrimmage inside the NBA bubble in Orlando on Sunday. Coach Brad Stevens has already come out and said Walker will be on a minutes limit early on in the seeding round. Kemba only played nine minutes against the Suns, but hit a couple of shots. The Celtics got big contributions from the usual suspects: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart.

The Suns shot the ball poorly, below 40% from the field, and also struggled to contain the Celtics on defense. Phoenix’s starters produced on offense, but couldn’t keep up with Boston. Ultimately, the Suns don’t have much to play for in the bubble. Their lack of depth should make it rough for them to compete against most of the playoff-bound teams. Let’s take a look at some stats for each team:

Phoenix Suns stats

Devin Booker: 17 points, 9 assists
Dario Saric: 12 points, 8 rebounds
Deandre Ayton: 11 points 7 rebounds
Mikal Bridges: 16 points, 5 rebounds
Ricky Rubio: 6 points, 4 assists

Boston Celtics stats

Jayson Tatum: 16 points, 9 rebounds
Jaylen Brown: 21 points
Kemba Walker: 6 points
Gordon Hayward: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Enes Kanter: 7 points, 3 rebounds