Melo scores first NBA basket, looks forward to chasing Garnett

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Melo scores first NBA basket, looks forward to chasing Garnett

BOSTON -- On the night that Kevin Garnett scored his 25,000th career point, rookie Fab Melo reached a milestone of his own.
His first NBA basket.
"I told him, 'I have 24,998 to go,'" Melo said with a laugh. "Hopefully I'll get there."
Melo connected on a reverse layup from Avery Bradley with 1:22 to go in the Boston Celtics 116-95 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. After airballing a hookshot, he settled in -- this was only his second NBA game -- and focused on the hoop.
"It felt great," he said. "My teammates wanted to give me my first bucket. I was just waiting to get the ball and tried to make a move to make a basket. On the second one I slowed down and made the bucket."
Melo's first basket has extra significance to him. He scored it on his mother's birthday while she watched the game back home in his native Brazil.
"It's a good gift for her," he smiled.

Report: C's first-rounder Yabusele expected to miss Summer League

Report: C's first-rounder Yabusele expected to miss Summer League

It’s early for Celtics fans to be looking ahead to summer league play, but the C’s know at least one of their prospects likely won’t be there. 

Guerschon Yabusele, the second of Boston’s three first-round picks in the 2016 draft, recently had surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of each of his feet, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Forsberg. As such, Yabusele is not expected to play this summer.

A 6-foot-8 power forward from France, Yabusele was taken 16th overall in last year’s draft. He began this season playing in China before finishing the season with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League.