Orlando Summer Pro League: Day 2

Game 1: Celtics 82-Magic 85 boxscore

The Magic were led by Ryan Anderson in this one. He absolutely dominated the Celtics from the start in this one.  The former Cal Bear was 4-4 from the field in the 1st quarter as he led all scorers with 14 1st quarter points.  The show did not end there as he went on to grab 14 boards and score a Summer Pro League High 33points. Kasib Powell also chipped in with 15points in his SPL debut for the Magic. Stevan Milosevic looked completely lost in his debut as he committed 5 turnovers in just 12 minutes of play. George Karl’s son Coby, led the Celtics with 18 points. Coby actually looked surprisingly good in this game. J.R. Giddens threw down a couple of spectacular dunks and finished with 17points. Nevada alum, Nick Fazekas, had a solid game with 12 points and 5 rebounds.

Game 2: Jazz 83-Phil/NJ 68 boxscore

This one wasn’t much of a game as the Jazz controlled this one from the start. Rookie PG Eric Maynor led the balanced Jazz effort with 12pts, 5 reb &4ast. Josh Duncan had another solid performance with 12 points. Former Running Rebel, Keivn Krueger was a strong contributer10pts and 4 boards for the Jazz. Chris Douglas-Roberts was the one bright spot for the Nexers. CDR shot 8-14 from the field and 11-13 from the charity stripe as he finished with 27points.

Game 3: Pacers 91-Thunder 88 boxscore

This Pacers led through most of this one but Thunder stormed back and this one was tied at 88 before the Pacers sealed the deal. The Pacers were led by big men Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough. Hibbert scored 24 points and pulled down 8 boards. Psycho T was 2-2 from 3pt land and finished with 23 points and 4 boards. Josh McRoberts dominated this one early with 10 points and 3 boards. Unfortunately McRoberts came down awkwardly on his ankle with just under a minute to go in the 1st and missed the rest of the game. He eventually left the lockeroom on crutches so it’s unlikely that he’ll play during the next couple of days. Russell Westbrook once again led the Thunder with 22points, 8 assists and 3steals. 3rd overall pick, James Harden also had another strong performance with 19points and 5 rebounds.

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Watching Orlando Summer Pro League Sucks

Today was the first day that I had a chance to watch any of the games online. All I’ve got to say is what the hell is the deal with the commentators? Dante Marchitelli and George Galante, aka Dante & Galante, are horrible. All they do is bitch and moan the whole game. In betwenn their bitching and moaning they’re cracking lame jokes. They provide absolutely ZERO intelligent insight. If I wanted to hear comedy then I certainly wouldn’t tune in to the SPL and I especially wouldn’t listen to hacks that simply steal their jokes from movies and other people. Some people do enjoy these guys but anyone that actually wants to follow the game does not. If they hate doing these games so much then why are they there in the first place? If it’s a contractual obligation then why does their employer allow them to make a mockery of the games? I’ll admit that they do have  a cult fan base. That would be a decent excuse for keeping them but ratings don’t matter because there is absolutely no advertising during these games!

Dante Marchitelli(left) George Galante(right)

Dante Marchitelli(left) George Galante(right) Wannabe Comedians

Normally,I just hit mute when I can’t stand the commentary. But the poor video quality eliminates that option. I tried scoring game 1 myself today but I had to give up.  It’s near impossible to make out the players numbers so you have to have a reliable play by play. Unfortunately these guys suck. Hell, they don’t even know who made the last shot half the time.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If you think Summer Pro League is garbage that’s fine with me. Just don’t ruin it for the people having hoops withdrawals that actually look forward to these games.

Later tonight I’ll post a recap of today’s games.

Summer Pro League: Hansbrough Impressive in Debut

The Orlando Summer Pro League kicked off yesterday. I know it’s not that big of a deal but I’m always having serious hoops withdrawal this time of year. I actually enjoy these games. Sure, most of these guys aren’t going to be stars in the NBA and success in these leagues doesn’t always translate. I don’t care. It’s much more entertaining than watching the WNBA.Plus you can watch all of these games online for free here.

Game 1: Indiana 75-New Jersey/Philadelphia 67 OT boxscore

First off, I’ve gotta say that New Jersey/Philadelphia almost  makes it seem like there a small town co-op High School participating in this league. And I actually like that.  Marreese Speights and Chris Douglas-Roberts carried the Nexers(Nets+Sixers) with 28 and 20 points respectively. Jrue Holliday produced 9pts, 2ast, 4rb, 4stl, 5to in his shaky 38 minute debut. Unfortunately the 2 man show wasn’t enough as the Pacers pulled away in OT. Tyler Hansbrough came off the bench to lead the Pacers with 17pts. Those 17 were actually quite impressive considering Psycho T was in foul trouble for most of the game. Brandon Rush also chipped in with 15pts despite shooting only 22% from the field. Big man Roy Hibbert also put together a solid game with 12 points and 7 boards.

Game 2: Oklahoma City 88- Orlando 77 boxscore

Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to victory in this one. The 2nd yr PG gor to the Free Throw line 18times and he converted on 16 of those attempts to finish with 22pts and 9Ast. James Harden scored 17points off the bench in his impressive debut. Fellow rookie BJ Mullens chipped in with 11 points. Forward, Ryan Anderson led the Magic in scoring with 21. Teammate and Delta St. alum, Jeremy Richardson, contributed a double-double with 18pts& 11 boards.

Game 3: Boston 87- Utah 56 boxscore

This one was never even close. The Celtics absolutely spanked the Jazz in this one. It was a team effort for the Celtics as 5 players put up double digits. Bill Walker led the way with 14 followed   Nick Fazekas’s 13, Lester Hudson & Gabe Pruitt’s 11 and J.R. Giddens 10.  Lester Hudson was one hell of a college player and I hope he is able to land a spot in the NBA this season. There isn’t a lot of highlights for the Jazz but former Xavier Musketeer, Josh Duncan led the team with 12 points. Rookie PG Eric Maynor, was efficient scoring 9pts, dishing 4 dimes and committing Zero turnovers. Big Man Kosta Koufas did not play in this one.

That’s all I’ve got for day 1. Hopefully I’ll have a more insightful review of today’s games.