Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 Orlando Summer League: Day Three Review

I didn't get a chance to watch any of the action today, and the Pistons didn't play, so this should be brief, and the player of the day will be a stats-based crapshoot.  Let's get to it, with the game recaps from day three of the Orlando Summer League.

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GAME RECAPS


Pacers 96 (6 Pts) Celtics 77 (2 Pts)
The Pacers got their first win of the Orlando Summer League, bouncing back in a major way after falling behind 30-14 through the first quarter.  The Pacers proceeded to outscore Boston 64-27 over the next 20 minutes, securing six points for the OSL standings.  Indiana was led in scoring by C Willie Reed, who scored 18 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists.  Kevin Jones scored 17 and those two were joined in double figures by Donald Sloan (14), Sadiel Rojas (11) and Frank Gaines (10).

Boston was led in defeat by second-year big man Kelly Olynyk, who tallied 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the drubbing.  Marcus Smart struggled in his second Summer League game, only shooting 3-15 from the field, including 1-5 from three.  Smart is now 1-10 from three for the OSL, something he'll absolutely need to improve between now and the start of the season.  French guard Edwin Jackson scored 14 points for Boston on 3-7 shooting.  Boston's next game will be against the Pistons on Wednesday night and the Pacers will play OKC next on Wednesday afternoon.  It was announced tonight that the Celtics will not see 17th overall pick James Young play in Orlando due to injuries from a minor car accident a few weeks back (h/t to +CelticsLife )


Magic 87 (7 Pts) Rockets 69 (1 Pts)
Orlando improved to 2-0 and extended their point total to 13 points with a solid win over Houston today.  Elfrid Payton bounced back from a rough debut to score 12 pts (5-5 fg), grab 8 rebounds and dish out 9 assists.  Dewayne Dedmon scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, corralled 3 steals and blocked two shots. Kadeem Batts and Seth Curry each chipped in 10 points.  4th overall pick Aaron Gordon finished the game with 9 points and 7 rebounds.  

The Rockets got 13 points from Nick Johnson and 12 points from Chris Crawford and no players shot above 50% in the game.  Crawford led the Rockets with 8 rebounds and 5 assists.  Houston has only won two quarters and tied another in their two games.  The Magic play their next game on Tuesday afternoon against Memphis, and the Rockets will take on the 76ers on Tuesday night.

Thunder 98 (7 Pts) Nets 84 (1 Pts)
The Thunder finally played the game that you would expect of a team with so much first round talent on it.  Oklahoma City was led by Jeremy Lamb with 26 points (8-21 fg), he also grabbed 8 rebounds and came away with 3 steals.  The Thunder also got a nice performance from 21st overall pick Mitch McGary.  The rookie big man scored 18 points (8-17 fg) and pulled in 13 rebounds.  The Thunder also got double-digit scoring from Marcus Lewis, Mario Little and Nolan Smith.  

Brooklyn was once again led in scoring and rebounding by Mason Plumlee, with 13 points and 6 rebounds on the day.  Michael Jenkins and DaJuan Summers each notched 12 points, and Marquis Teague had 10 of his own to go with team highs of 4 assists and 5 turnovers.  Both teams are now 1-2 for the OSL.

STAR OF THE DAY

Jeremy Lamb (OKC): 26 pts (8-21 fg, 2-7 3pt, 8-9 ft), 8 reb, 3 stl, 1 ast

The pick was a little more difficult seeing as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had the day off.  Lamb filled his shoes nicely though, with the day's highest scoring performance to go along with 8 rebounds.  It wasn't the most efficient performance you'll see this week, but Lamb made up for that by getting to the free throw line.  Thunder fans should feel a little bit better after seeing their third year players (Lamb and PJ3) struggle in their first two games.  Willie Reed and Elfrid Payton get unofficial runner-up honors.

STANDINGS

TeamRecordPoints
Orlando Magic
2-0
13.0
Detroit Pistons
2-0
11.5
Miami Heat
1-1
10.0
Memphis Grizzlies
1-1
10.0
Philadelphia 76ers 
1-1
8.0
Boston Celtics
1-1
8.0
Indiana Pacers
1-1
8.0
Philadelphia 76ers 
1-1
8.0
Brooklyn Nets1-2
8.0
Houston Rockets
0-2
2.5

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