LAS VEGAS – Marial Shayok is focused on doing what he does best.
“I just want to play my game,” the 76ers second-round pick said of his NBA Summer League goals. “Everyone knows that I can score the ball pretty well. I’m trying to come in and play hard, play confident.”
The 6-foot-6 swingman did that for the second consecutive game Saturday evening. He finished with 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting in the Sixers’ 96-82 loss to the Boston Celtics at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
This comes after he had a team-high 19 points while going 3-for-6 on three-pointers in Friday’s 107-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Sixers (1-1) will face the Oklahoma City Thunder at 3 p.m. Monday at the Cox Pavilion. It will be their third of four preliminary games.
On Saturday, 10 of Shayok’s points came in the first half on 4-for-6 shooting. The 54th overall draft pick out of Iowa State went 2-for-3 on three-point attempts.
“I just wanted to come out here, like I said, be confident and let it come to me and play hard,” he said. “I feel like if I bring energy, the ball just comes to me and I’m confident to just make the right reads and do what I do."
Matisse Thybulle, the Sixers’ first-round pick, erased memories of Friday’s 2-for-6 shooting performance. He finished with a team-high 15 points while making 4-of-9 threes on Saturday. His effort came against the squad the help orchestrate his arrival in Philadelphia.
The Sixers moved up four spots in a trade with the Celtics (1-0) to select him with the 20th pick in the NBA draft last month.
Zhaire Smith (14 points) and reserve guard P.J. Dozier (13) were the Sixers’ other double-digit scores. Norvel Pelle had nine points and game-highs in rebounds (13) and blocks (three).
Meanwhile, Shake Milton’s shooting woes continued.
The point guard finished with nine points on 2-for-15 shooting. He missed all eight of his three-point attempts. Milton is shooting 4-for-29 overall and 0-for-11 on threes through two games.
“You just keep fighting, man,” Milton said of finding his shot. "I already know the type of shooter I am. I know I can knock down shots. It’s just about going out there and doing that.
“I’m not going to lose confidence in myself. I’m going to put them up regardless.”
That’s what the Sixers are encouraging him to do.
Carsen Edwards, who the Celtics took with the 33rd pick, had a game-high 20 points.