The Celtics cut forward Perry Jones III and guard Corey Walden on Saturday, finalizing their roster at 15 players.

Perry Jones

Perry Jones

The Celtics cut forward Perry Jones III and guard Corey Walden on Saturday, finalizing their roster at 15 players.

Walden hung around as a training camp invite to fill preseason gaps left by Marcus Smart’s illness and Isaiah Thomas‘ tendinitis, so Kelly Olynyk wouldn’t get stuck playing point guard again, as he did against the Nets on Monday.

Jones’ departure is a little more interesting from an operational standpoint. The Celtics acquired him and Detroit’s second-round pick from the Thunder for essentially nothing (a heavily protected second-round pick). Jones is guaranteed $2 million this season, at least a portion of which was offset by cash they acquired in that deal as well.

The Celtics raved about Jones’ production in Oklahoma City during the early going last season and the athleticism he brings to both the big small forward and small big forward positions. But chronic knee issues that arose again during the preseason may threaten the 24-year-old’s NBA career. Surely, team president Danny Ainge shopped Jones’ contract around the league in hopes of not having to eat his salary, but it doesn’t appear anybody was willing to take on that guaranteed $2 million. Whether he’ll receive a non-guaranteed minimum offer elsewhere remains to be seen.

Barring a trade in the next few days, the Celtics have locked in their 15-man roster for Wednesday’s opener.

  • Ball-handlers: Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, Evan Turner, Terry Rozier
  • Wings: Avery Bradley, R.J. Hunter, James Young
  • Swings: Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko
  • Bigs: David Lee, Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Jordan Mickey

The only questions left now are who will start and how deep the rotation will go, and we probably won’t have definitive answers to either of those queries on opening night, because that’ probably change from night to night.

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Ben Rohrbach

In a game where both teams combined for 40 turnovers, the Celtics outscored their opponent in the second half and closed out the preseason by beating the

Jared Sullinger

Jared Sullinger

In a game where both teams combined for 40 turnovers, the Celtics outscored their opponent in the second half and closed out the preseason by beating the Philadelphia 76ers, 81-65. Marcus Smart’s 10 points and Jared Sullinger’s 14 rebounds led the charge, as the Celtics finished the preseason with a 6-1 record.

The Celtics held the lead throughout most of the game until the end of the second quarter, when Philly cut the lead to three heading into halftime. The Celtics then opened up a 12-point advantage in the third quarter and never looked back. 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor notched 12 points and eight rebounds for Philadelphia.

For a complete box score, click here.

Stud of the night: Jared Sullinger

Sullinger finished the preseason on a high note, he pulled down 14 rebounds and scored six points against the 76ers. He was also cheerful on the bench — on his feet, encouraging his teammates after every big play. The Celtics grabbed a lot of boards against Philadelphia last night. Amir Johnson snagged 13 rebounds and Kelly Olynyk had 12. But it was especially nice to see Sullinger active around the glass. After a lukewarm start to the preseason, Sullinger will carry on great momentum heading into the regular season.

Dud of the night: James Young

In 20 minutes, Young tried to his best to find his groove offensively but much like the entire preseason; he came up short. He finished with three points on 12 shots. There’s a good chance Young may be starting his regular season in Maine with the D-League affiliated Red Claws.

Philadelphia will get their shot at revenge when they head to the TD Garden next Wednesday for a season opening match up against the Celtics.

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Josue Pavon

It’s the weighty question that hangs over the Celtics.

How much will Jared Sullinger contribute at the start of the season?

There are subsets to that question, as well. Like how much will he be able to contribute, what will his role be and perhaps most of all, what does head coach Brad Stevens envision as a realistic starting point when the season opens Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 6-foot-9 power forward listed at 260 pounds played three stints Thursday in a 99-85 preseason win over the Knicks at TD Garden. His final line: 19 minutes, 6-of-10 from the field, eight rebounds and a team-high 16 points.

“I think he played at the end of the game because we wanted to throw the ball at the post and score,” Stevens said. “So obviously, there were other guys in the game that hadn’€™t played up to that point, but he had played three stints, [and] that was his third stint.”

At the start of camp, Sullinger acknowledged that his family and former NBA star John Lucas all but had an intervention to help him with his weight approaching 300 pounds and his conditioning. Sullinger can look out on the floor and see a long list of names that are fighting with him for significant playing time, names like Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko and David Lee. Games like Thursday seem to be an indication that he’s at least headed in the right direction as he builds his stamina off the bench.

“You know, time will tell how it all works itself out with minutes but I thought he did a lot of good things,” Stevens said. “As the season goes on, we’€™re always going to factor in good play. So that’€™s a good thing.”

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Mike Petraglia

After losing to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden last Friday night, the Celtics avenged their defeat by beating New York, 99-85. The C’s took control early in the first half by being aggr

Tyler Zeller

Tyler Zeller

After losing to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden last Friday night, the Celtics avenged their defeat by beating New York, 99-85. The C’s took control early in the first half by being aggressive offensively and never allowing the Knicks to settle into their halfcourt defense.

Tyler Zeller had the kind of offensive production that earned him a starting job last season, scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and pulling down five rebounds. His great hands caught nearly every pass thrown his way, allowing him to finish around the hoop for easy buckets.

Jose Calderon (17 points, 8 rebounds) led the way for the Knicks, but the Knicks struggled offensively and couldn’t get All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony going.

For a complete box score, click here. For a breakdown beyond the box, read on.

Stud of the night: Jared Sullinger

Sullinger had a stellar night, filling the stat sheet with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He fought for most of his points in the paint, where he also grabbed rebounds and played solid defense against the Knicks. When he battled inside more often, he was able to make his layups or draw contact and earn trips to the foul line. Sullinger just has to do a better job at making those free throws. He went 4-for-10 from the charity stripe, but that was the only part of his game that prevented him from having a spectacular night.

Dud of the night: Carmelo Anthony 

It was Jae Crowder versus Anthony, and Crowder reigned victorious in this bout. Crowder not only put together a solid statistical game (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists), but also pestered Anthony all night. The Knicks star scored eight points on 18 shots — all when Crowder wasn’t defending him — and never got into a rhythm. It was a great battle for Crowder.

Isaiah Thomas (tendinitis) and Kelly Olynyk (rest) did not play. No word yet if either will make the trip up to Manchester, N.H., where the Celtics will take on the Toronto Raptors Friday night in their preseason finale.

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Terry Rozier made the parquet pay after missing this and-one. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

Terry Rozier isn’t making Brad Stevens’ job any easier.

All aboard. Last week, Celtics fans fawned over the impressive play of rookie R.J. Hunter. Monday, it was Terry Rozier’s turn to ride the rookie hype train.

BOSTON- All aboard! Last week Celtics fans fawned over the impressive play of RJ Hunter; tonight, it was Terry Rozier’s turn to ride the rookie hype train.

Rozier dazzled the TD Garden crowd with a number of explosive plays that showcased why Danny Ainge selected him with the 16th pick in last year’s draft.  Rozier led the team with 16 points as the Celtics rolled past the Brooklyn Nets 111-105. Amir Johnson (15 points), Kelly Olynyk (14), and Evan Turner (10) also finished in double-figures, while the Nets were led by Bojan Bogdanovic (18) and Thomas Robinson (15).

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Stud of the night: Terry Rozier

Before the game, Coach Brad Stevens noted that, ‘€œit’€™s an especially important week for Terry Rozier, having not played last week. He’€™ll see a lot of time over the next five days.€ Tonight Rozier’€™s elite speed and quickness was on display, as he was explosive in transition, attacking the basket with reckless abandon. Heck, even two of his misses were exciting. The Celtics first round pick finished with 16 points, knocking down all three of his attempts from three. Rozier also shot 5 of 8 from the charity stripe, something that will serve him well if he continues to get into the paint. With both he and RJ Hunter playing well this preseason, it will be very interesting to see how balances their playing time in an already guard-heavy rotation.

Dud of the night: Jared Sullinger

I only picked Sullinger because I don’€™t know any of the players on the Nets bench. Sullinger scored 3 points and grabbed 3 boards in 13 minutes of action. Traditional dud candidate James Young hit two threes, so the title de facto fell to Jared. Sully, we can’€™t all be studs, just ask Joey Fatone. To continue with the train theme I mentioned in the lede but quickly abandoned, Sullinger has a big caboose.

Vine of the night

Rozier both Shakes and Bakes #SpaghettiAndRanch

Whine of the night

The Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup. With Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, Thaddeus Young, and Jarret Jack not making the trip for the Nets, coach Lionel Hollins trotted out one of the least talented line-ups in NBA history: Donald Sloan, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Bojan Bogdanavic, Justin Harper, and Thomas Robinson. The starting unit combined for 00 points, 00 rebounds, and exactly 3.5 minutes of exciting basketball. If had to compare this Nets lineup to a Jay-Z album, it would have to be Kingdom Come. As the only projected starter, Bojan Bogdanovic thus qualifies as ‘€œShow Me What You Got’€ IN a vacuum, he is not that great, but when surrounded by trash he looks like a semi-decent player.

Stat of the night

1:6. This is the ration of the number of Avery Bradley long two attempts to three point attempts. Although he was only 2 for 6 from beyond the arc, I cannot and will not criticize his shot selection.

@ of the night

While I appreciate the sentiment, Amir Johnson does just about everything better than the late great P.J. Brown. ( I know he’€™s not dead, but late-great has a nice ring to it.)

Isaiah Thomas (knee), Jae Crowder (thumb), and David Lee (strep throat) did not play due to various acute injuries. With the Celtics not practicing tomorrow, the night off will give the players two days of rest before the team practices again on Wednesday.

The Celtics will play the New York Knicks on Thursday.

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Sam Packard