Kai Sotto injures back in Summer League finale as Orlando falls to Boston

Kai Sotto left his final NBA Summer League game with a back injury. From the Orlando Magic's Facebook page
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Kai Sotto's stint in the NBA Summer League ended on a sour note for two reasons.

One, Orlando finished its stint in the said event winless after five tries as Boston prevailed, 94-77, on Sunday (Philippine Time) at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Worse, Sotto failed to finish the game after he suffered a back injury.

The seven-foot-three wunderkind left the game with 5:35 remaining in the second quarter after hurting his back in a rebounding battle against Vincent Valerio-Bodon.

Sotto never got to be reinserted the rest of the way.

Sotto went scoreless in barely eight minutes of play off the bench, missing all his three field goal attempts including two from three-point range.

He had two rebounds, one assist, and one block, though.

The Magic actually led, 20-16, at the end of the first quarter, but the Celtics held them to just 14 in the second quarter before putting the game out of reach with a 34-point third quarter.

Bodon led Boston's balanced attack with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists, and one block, while Jordan Walsh and Reggie Kissoonlal each added 12 points.

Robert Baker got the start for Orlando after opting to give DJ Wilson a rest and led the team with 15 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and one block.

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