In Thursday’s preseason finale, Neemias Queta excelled in another opportunity, prompting the Celtics to waive Wenyen Gabriel on Friday.
BOSTON (AP) — Neemias Queta arrived at shootaround in Charlotte after missing Tuesday’s game against the Knicks to speak with Joe Mazzulla. The Celtics intended to play Queta against the Hornets on Thursday, but not as a rest game. They put him in right away alongside the team’s starters.
“I just got prepared and was just trying to get ready for it,” Queta told CLNS Media in Quincy on Friday. “Fortunately, it worked out well, and we won.” I’m simply hoping to keep it going and contribute to the team whenever my name is called.”
The Celtics won the first complete preseason game against their regular lineup in Charlotte, 127-99, and despite playing five of their top six players, except Al Horford, Queta became the story of the night. He continued his preseason performance with 12 points, seven rebounds, and a steal in 13 minutes, hitting all six shots and fouling twice. Boston cemented Queta’s position after signing him to a two-way contract last month, dismissing Wenyen Gabriel and making Queta one of four centers on the roster.