Summer League Recap: Day 4
Notes from another day of action at the Orlando Pro Summer League.
by Jake Fischer / @JakeLFischer
ORLANDO — While several players had already left for their respective Las Vegas Summer League teams, the action continued on the Amway Center practice court in Orlando on Wednesday. With three games on the hardwood, there was plenty of action both on and off the court.
-Four teams were off on Wednesday as part of the set up in the Orlando Pro Summer League, with each team getting an off day. The Magic, Heat, Pacers and Pistons were all back at their hotels resting up for Day 5 tomorrow.
-Toko Shengelia killed it today for Nets today in Game 1. He stuffed the stat sheet with 7 points, 5 rebounds 4 assists and 2 steals and overall looked very aggressive and active on both ends of the court. He’s going to be a solid energy guy for Brooklyn when they have to rest Paul Pierce for long stretches in the regular season. Georgetown product Chris Wright also played well, dropping 20 points on 8-13 shooting. But there isn’t a spot for him on the Nets’ roster.
-For Utah, Trey Burke did not play today but was in uniform. He was likely given the day off after struggling with Houston’s guards yesterday. In his absence, Alec Burks returned from his ankle injury to score 14 points and Jeremy Evans added 15 points and 9 boards. The Jazz may have lost Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but they do have pieces and assets to build for the future.
-The Summer League did its best Super Bowl impression with 0.6 seconds left in Game 1. The Amway staff opened up the windows to give some light on the court and then finished the game. The Jazz took it easily, thumping the Nets 98-69.
-The lights were back on before the Sixers and Thunder squared off in the day’s second game, but Michael Carter-Williams still couldn’t find the bottom of the basket. He shot just 3-16 from the field for just 7 points. The team’s second-round pick Arsalan Kazemi worked hard and played really well. He racked up 6 points, 9 boards and 3 assists.
-After the game Carter-Williams said he’s not discouraged by missing his shots, he’s just happy with his ability to get clean looks. He said with time, his shots will fall.
-In the third and last game of the day, the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics really battled. The Rockets end up sneaking out with an 85-79 victory over their Eastern Conference foe.
-It was another day and another excellent performance from Kelly Olynyk. The former Gonzaga big man dropped 19, 10 boards and 2 assists for the Cs and was flocked by media after the game. He was rocking a powder blue snapback with a red snap.
-For Houston, Terrence Jones was again a monster. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 boards and continues to look like he’ll be a real contributor in Dwight Howard’s frontcourt next season.
-The Oklahoma City Thunder, the lone 4-0 team, still stand pat atop the standings in Summer League. They’ll have an off day tomorrow along with the Boston Celtics.