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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.

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