Summer League Recap: Day 6
Notes from the final day of the Orlando Pro Summer League.
by Jake Fischer / @JakeLFischer
ORLANDO — It’s Championship Friday!
Yeah, but few people in Orlando were very excited. In fact, after a pretty entertaining week with hundreds of executives and media spectators, the Amway Center practice facility really emptied out. With the Vegas action kicking off today, UNLV is clearly the place to be in the NBA world. With all that said, there was still some incredibly competitive games in Disney World today.
-The final day of the Orlando Pro Summer League kicked off at 8 a.m. So, we don’t blame you if you weren’t up in time to check out the Pistons and Heat square off. You missed a hell of a game though.
-As an exclamation point to his strong end-of-week showing, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went off for 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Andre Drummond was yet again monstrous, going for 15 points and 14 rebounds.
-Detroit was up 83-72 with 5:01 remaining after KCP’s final basket of the game. Then Miami came storming back on an 18-2 run led by DJ Kennedy’s 7 points during that span. Kennedy would finish with 18 points, but it was his driving layup with 15.6 seconds to go that gave the Heat the lead for good. Miami would come away victorious, 90-85.
-In game number two, Indiana got a handful of strong performances from a string of wing players. Most notably, Orlando Johnson scored 18 points on 7-13 shooting from the field. But, it was Rasual Butler who made a fantastic last impression on the Indiana staff, making a strong case for the roster as a savvy veteran leader. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in just 17 minutes.
-Another day, another rough outing for Trey Burke in Orlando. Burke finished with 8 points and 5 assists on 4-12 shooting. But again, he doesn’t have any real NBA talent around him for the opposing defense to worry about. Burke got two looks at threes in the game’s waning moments, but they both couldn’t find the bottom of the net. Indiana took this one 73-70.
-Finally it was the championship game, but it didn’t have much star appeal. Terrence Jones and Greg Smith both sat out for the Rockets, Reggie Jackson was on the bench for OKC and the biggest name in the game was Jeremy Lamb. But, there were three NBA refs officiating the game, compared to the one ref from the L and two D-Leaguers who have been calling each game this week.
-Lamb didn’t disappoint. The former UConn Huskie scored 18 points, grabbed 3 boards and dished 4 assists. Daniel Orton was also ridiculously efficient, scoring 12 points and adding 4 rebounds in just 14 minutes. A possible preview for his role in the ’13-14 season?
-The Thunder’s three-point barrage put them up 76-56 with 6:59 left to play and the coveted limited edition Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League championship hats seemed to be guaranteed luxuries for OKC. But, the Rockets stormed their way to an incredible comeback, with rumblings of the Spurs’ Game 6 blunder starting in press row.
-The Rockets’ comeback was sparked by Robert Covington and BJ Young, who scored 21 and 20 points respectively, en route to Houston’s 19-3 run. Houston got to within 78-75 with 1:35 to go, but that’s as close at they got. OKC would close it out 85-77 and celebrate at half court.
-In the fourth game of the day, the Orlando Magic sat a bunch of their premiere players as well. Moe Harkless, Victor Oladipo and Kyle O’Quinn were all in street clothes.
-The Celtics ran away with the most anticlimactic game of the afternoon. The Celtics would go on to beat the host Orlando Magic 102-83 as Kelly Olynyk scored 12 points and added 7 boards in just 15 minutes. Overall, the Celtics had nine players score 7 or more points, seven of which were in double figures.
-In the day’s, and League’s, final game the Sixers and Nets battled to determine which team would ultimately go winless in Orlando. Unfortunately for both teams involved, NBA TV started airing the opening game of the Las Vegas Summer League between the New York Knicks and the New Orleans Pelicans.
-The Nets received strong first half performances from Toko Shengelia and Mason Plumlee who each scored 13 points and added 3 rebounds, led the Nets to a 46-44 lead at intermission. Khalif Wyatt paced the Sixers with 12 points.
-Wyatt paced the Sixers with 15 points in the second half and finished with 27 points on 6-9 FG, 3-4 3PT and 12-14 FT shooting. Philly managed to hold on 89-86, earning their first victory. The Brooklyn Nets (0-5) are your 2013 OPSL Irrelevant Team!
-NBA TV will be covering the Las Vegas Summer League throughout the next week.