Celtics 76 Pacers 74 – “K.O.”
The Kelly Olynyk show continues, and he has earned a nickname, K.O. – I like it. K.O. added another 21 points and 9 boards, and is arguably the most polished big man in the 2013 Orlando Summer League – rookie or not. His one-footers à la Dirk Nowitzki, ability to use his body to shield himself from shot blockers in the paint low, and guard-like passing instincts in the paint make me anxious to see what he’ll be capable of with an NBA roster surrounding him.
Another guy for the C’s who is making noise is the reigning 2013 NBDL Rookie of the Year out of Alabama, Tony Mitchell. He’s got the size at 6’6” and the horizontal athleticism to guard the NBA 2, and has been putting up great numbers for the Celtics thus far – he tossed in another 15 points today.
While Miles Plumlee took a step backward from his previous two games (9 points 7 rebounds), the Pacers got another encouraging performance from Solomon Hill (15 points 4 rebounds 3 steals). Also notable is Jonny Flynn‘s reappearance in the NBA scene. After his rookie campaign where he averaged 13.5 PPG in 81 starts for the T’Wolves, I’m confused as to where his talent went.
P.S. – I am actively rooting against Fab Melo, and was pumped when he took a jump hook, and airballed it.
Thunder 79 Pistons 74 – “A Thunderous 4th Quarter”
Perhaps the most exciting game this week featured an Orlando Summer League record 35 point outburst from second year guard out of Boston College, Reggie Jackson. He scored 23 in the fourth quarter, and was lighting it up in every way possible. Peyton Siva (12 points 7 assists 1 turnover) and Kim English were helpless, and the OKC bench was erupting with every bucket. Unfortunately, Jackson’s performance overshadowed a breakout game from Pistons rookie, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who ended with 19 points on 6-13 from the field and 4-10 from three, and added in a violent dunk. I think KCP will be a game-to-game streaky shooter, but will always give you his steady athletic defensive intensity.
Rockets 85 Jazz 71 – “Burke Struggles Again”
Trey Burke didn’t play any better today as he continues to struggle shooting the rock (11 points, 5-15 FGM-A), and taking care of the rock (5 assists 4 turnovers). After hitting a three on Utah’s first possession, his next two possessions were a bad brick on wide open three, and a pocket picking by Patrick Beverley. I remain unconcerned as it is just two games. Unrelated to Burke – I really like the Frenchman Center, Rudy Gobert, and not just for his 9’7” inch standing reach, but also because I think he has a good defensive understanding, and could make a impact off the bench for the young Jazz.
For the Rockets, I think Terrence Jones is ready to take his game to the next level. He’s noticeably added mass to his upper-body, and seems much more confident than he did a year ago. He scored just 6 points today – not as good as his 25 he put up in game one – but something tells me he’s ready to break out. There should be some fun battles in practice between he and newly added, Thomas Robinson, his main competitor for minutes.
Heat 94 Magic 80 – “Steady Victor, but No Victory”
In general, I don’t like to take much stock in the outcomes of these games, but this Magic should’ve won this game as they have better players. Victor Oladipo had a game-high 22, and was effective from three going 2-2 and at the line going 12-14. I really like that the Magic are playing Olapido at point guard as it’s allowing him to work on his ball handling, and assert himself as a leader. Neither Harkless (-22 +/-) nor Nicholson (-20 +/-) looked great, but they’ll probably play better tomorrow.
For the Heat, second-round pick out of Long Beach State, James Ennis, continues to be a steady performe as he had a team-high 19 points along with 6 rebounds. Other than possibly Ennis, I don’t think anyone on this roster will make the regular season roster – although I think they should sign D.J. Stephens for gimmicky reasons – he’s 6’5” and can kiss the rim! Give me a reason they shouldn’t sign him?!