Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2014 Orlando Summer League: Day Five Review

Celtics 92 (6 Pts) Pistons 90 (2 Pts)
The Celtics handed the Pistons their first loss of the Orlando Summer League, surviving a furious 4th quarter comeback.  Boston improved to 2-1 for the week behind 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists from Kelly Olynyk.  The C's also got 14 points apiece from Marcus Smart and Phil Pressey, and Smart chipped in 5 rebounds and 6 assists.  Mike Moser (12), Colton Iverson (11) and Chris Babb (10) also poured in double figures for Boston.

Detroit fell to 3-1 in OSL action, after the aforementioned comeback fell just short.  That comeback was led by none other than Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored 12 points in the game's final quarter.  KCP struggled through three quarters, only putting up 14 points on 4-14 shooting.  He shot 4-8 in the final frame, including a three with 6 seconds left to bring the Pistons within 2.  After a split trip to the FT line for Boston and a sideline violation on the inbound after a stop, KCP got one last look to tie things up with 0.4 seconds left.  He got the shot off, but couldn't get it to fall, ending the Pistons' valiant comeback attempt.

This game was very similar to the Pistons' win over Miami the other day, with KCP turning his game up in the 4th quarter.  His legs looked shaky early on, as his jumpers from mid-range and three all came up short or off target.  The format of the OSL can be taxing on a player's legs, with a practice and a game nearly every day.  Nonetheless, KCP finished with another 26 point performance, leaving him at 27.3 PPG for the week.  The Pistons also got an excellent performance from stretch four Justin Harper, finishing with 19 points on 7-7 shooting, including a 4-4 showing behind the arc.  Another strong game from Harper could make it tough for Stan Van Gundy to not extend an offer to training camp in the fall.  If the Pistons roster weren't so full I would think Harper had earned a roster spot.

Ian Miller scored 16 and Brian Cook added 14 to keep the Pistons in the game until KCP woke up.  Ultimately, the Pistons were done in by their 23 turnovers, an amount nearly impossible to overcome at any level in 40 minutes.  The Pistons shot 12-27 from three and have been consistently good shooting the ball this week.  Improved shooting talent and systematic spacing have been largely responsible for the uptick, which should be encouraging going forward.  The Pistons will play next on Friday, although the time and opponent are still TBA.  The winner of tomorrow's Boston-Indiana game is guaranteed to at least tie the Pistons in points, so it's looking like the best case scenario will be the 3rd place game.


Pacers 94 (6 Pts) Thunder 71 (2 Pts)
Indiana improved to 2-1 on the week with this convincing win over Oklahoma City.  The Pacers were led by veteran PG Donald Sloan with 19 points and 6 assists.  Sloan was 7-10 from the field and 4-5 from behind the arc.  Indiana also got a big game from PF Kevin Jones, who registered a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.  Frank Gaines (17), James Nunnally (12) and Arinze Onuaku (10) all scored in double-digits for the Pacers in the victory.

The Thunder fell to 1-3 for their time in Orlando, finishing the week with 12 total points.  This will likely put them in one of the bottom three spots in the standings.  Oklahoma City was led in scoring by rookie F/C Mitch McGary, tallying 15 points on 5-7 shooting.  The Thunder also got 12 points from Jeremy Lamb, 10 from Steven Adams and 9 points and 10 rebounds from Andre Roberson.  Lamb was 4-17 from the field, having struggled in three of OKC's four games.  The Pacers will play their final OSL game against Miami tomorrow night.

Sixers 92 (7 Pts) Nets 86 (1 Pt)
Philadelphia improved to 3-1 for the week, finishing with a 22 point total.  The Sixers got 24 points on 9-17 shooting from PG Casper Ware, who also managed 8 assists.  Philly also got 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks from rookie C Nerlens Noel.  Jerami Grant, Hollis Thompson and Travis Bader also scored 12 points each.  

Brooklyn fell to 1-3 for the OSL and have finished with 8 points in the standings.  The Nets were led in scoring today by Donte Greene and Markel Brown with 17 points each.  Cory Jefferson (14), Marquis Teague (12) and Adonis Thomas (10) joined them in double figures.  Brooklyn is now locked into the 9th place game on Friday morning.

STAR OF THE DAY

Casper Ware (PHI): 24 pts (9-17 fg, 3-7 3p, 3-3 ft), 8 ast, 2 reb, 2 stl

Ware led the Sixers in scoring for the second straight game, this time doing it with improved efficiency.  The 8 assists were also a nice addition.  I didn't catch this game, so the stats are all I have for you.  KCP made this a bit close with a strong 4th quarter, finishing with 26 points once again.


STANDINGS

TeamRecordPoints
Philadelphia 76ers
3-1
22.0
Detroit Pistons 
3-1
19.0
Memphis Grizzlies
2-1
16.0
Orlando Magic
2-1
15.0
Indiana Pacers
2-1
14.0
Boston Celtics
2-1
14.0
Miami Heat
1-2
12.5
OKC Thunder
1-1
10.0
Brooklyn Nets1-3
8.0
Houston Rockets
0-3
3.5

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