LAS VEGAS - Former Rhode Island forward Hassan Martin had an impressive debut for the Boston Celtics in NBA Summer League action Friday night.
In five minutes off the bench, Martin scored eight points, converting a pair of old fashioned three-point plays and adding a dunk to help the Celtics beat Philadelphia, 95-89. Martin added two offensive rebounds and one steal while while shooting a perfect 3-for-3 fom the field.
Former Rhode Island Associate AD for Media Relations Mike Laprey (now at Boston College) caught up with Martin after Friday's game.
Laprey: "You came into the game late, but in a tight game situation and made some big plays down the stretch. How did your preparation make you ready to contribute in the end of game situations?"
Martin: "The coaching staff always preaches that we need to stay ready. I didn't play much the whole game but when they called on me, I knew I had to respond and make big plays, make an impact."
Laprey: "For Rhody fans watching at home, it was nothing new - Hassan Martin making the intangible, winning plays down the stretch. You had the two and-ones, the jump ball, and the steal on the drive to the basket late. How much do you draw from your Rhody days in situations like that?"
Martin: "Oh yeah, winning plays, that's what we did for four years with Coach Hurley, all the time. You just need to have that mindset when you enter the game."
Martin and the Celtics are back in action Saturday night against Denver.
In other NBA Summer League action, former Rhode Island star Jared Terrell started in his debut for Minnesota. He scored five points to go with three rebounds and two steals in 17 minutes in a 70-69 loss to Denver. After a day off Saturday, Terrell and the Timberwolves play Toronto Sunday afternoon. Fellow former Ram E.C. Matthews and the Memphis Grizzlies play Detroit Saturday night in Vegas. Matthews has appeared in two of three summer league games for Memphis thus far. He is 2-for-2 from the floor with one rebound and one steal in six minutes of play thus far.