Summer League Game Recaps

Day 2 of the Orlando Summer League saw some better games than Day 1 (well, mostly),  and several D-Leaguers really stepped up for their teams.  All of those Oklahoma City guards continue to impress, and new Magic (which is different from Tru3 Magic) Ryan Anderson came within a point of tying Travis Diener's Orlando Summer League record.  Now there's a guy who needs his Summer League jersey retired.  On to the recaps!

Orlando Magic 82, Boston Celtics 82

We'll start with the game I paid the most attention to.  Ryan Anderson was fairly aggressive on offense, shooting threes and driving to the basket, but he didn't look all that selfish doing it and was very efficient (33 points on 15 shots).  I think he'll be a good backup and/or complement to Rashard Lewis this season.  I'm not sure whether to classify JR Giddens as an NBA guy or a D-Leaguer, but he was relatively impressive, though his outside shot still needs work.  Gabe Pruitt was the other guy who impressed me for Boston.  He did a good job running the team's offense and had 5 assists and 4 rebounds, though he shot only 1-6 on three-pointers.

Orlando's D-League trio of Kasib Powell, Darian Townes and Russell Robinson all had solid games.  Powell was the Magic's second-best player, and while he only made 1 of 4 three-pointers he generally made smart decisions with the ball, including passing up a three-pointer to drive to the basket and score the game-sealing lay-up.  Powell finished with 15 points, two assists, two blocks and two steals.  Townes got blocked at least once by Robert Swift (who had a pretty terrible game aside from his four blocks), but overall Townes showed some nice moves inside and finished with seven rebounds.  Robinson did a good job running the point for Orlando, pushing the ball at the right times and finishing with six assists, though he struggled with his shot and sometimes failed to pass the ball before being double- or triple-teamed.  Coby Karl was inconsistent, making good plays overall and finishing with 18 points on 9 shots, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, though there were times where he seemed to be playing out of control and he had four turnovers.  Also, I hate to do this and don't plan to make it a habit, but Steven Milosevic was pretty terrible.  Five turnovers and five fouls in just over 12 minutes.  Lance Allred continued to get too little playing time, about 4 and a half minutes.  He can help you, Orlando!

The other two games are after the jump.

Indiana Pacers 91, Oklahoma City Thunder 88

I mentioned up top that the Thunder guards played well, and the Pacers big men did too.  Roy Hibbert shot 7-8 and had 8 rebounds, and Tyler Hansbrough did a good job cleaning up around the rim and finished with 23 points on 10 shots, though fouling and turnovers remain problems for him.  James Harden had another good all-around game, with 19 points on 13 shots, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.  Russell Westbrook finished with 22 points and 8 assists, though he also had five turnovers.  Kyle Weaver's had a few relatively quiet days, but the Summer League style of play doesn't really suit his game, and he still finished with five assists here.

DJ White had a rough shooting day, going 3-11, and he also finished with 8 fouls in 31 and a half minutes (you don't foul out in Summer League because who cares?).  Serge Ibaka also showed some of his tantalizing athleticism, though he also racked up a lot of fouls.  BJ Mullens showed off a decent jump shot, and he looked better than I expected him to, honestly.  Trey Johnson played fairly well, with 13 points and 3 assists, though he also missed five of his six free throws and both of his three-pointers.  Derrick Byars had an even rougher go of it, shooting 1-4 on three pointers and missing both of his other field goal attempts, though he also had three assists.

Utah Jazz 83, Philadelphia/New Jersey Frankensteins 66

This game was pretty, pretty terrible to watch.  Both teams were all over the place in the first half before the Jazz settled down and pulled away.  Terrence Williams again struggled offensively, shooting 3-11 with four turnovers, though he also had six rebounds.  Marreese Speights also shot poorly, going 3-12, though he also had five blocks.  The only Philly/NJ player who did really did well was Chris Douglas-Roberts, though he looked to score pretty much every time he got the ball.  Eric Maynor looked solid for Utah, though he shot only 2-9.  He also had five rebounds and four assists.

The non-NBA guys didn't really fare much better.  Blake Ahearn had a rough day shooting, and that's pretty much all he does.  Gary Forbes shot 1-4, though he had two blocks.  I continue to be confused as to why Jason Ellis hasn't gotten more rebounds, as he was one of the best rebounding forwards in the D-League last year, but he only had one in just under 12 minutes.  He was fairly active, though.  Kevin Lyde did okay, shooting 3-7 but getting five rebounds.  Cedric Bozeman had a similar day, getting three rebounds and three assists on top of 1-5 shooting.  Kevin Kruger actually had a decent game, scoring 10 points on 7 shots in a little under 14 minutes, and he also had four rebounds.  Jimmy Baron shot the ball well, 2-3 on three-pointers and 3-4 overall, though that's about all he did in 12 minutes.

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