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Summer League: Magic 85, Celtics 82

 

Another one in the books for the Celtics Summer League team and things could have gone better.  After playing well and for the entire game, the Celtics squandered the lead in the fourth to come up one desperate three point shot short of tying the game in the waning seconds.  It was actually pretty dramatic.  Even the commentators Dante and Gelante got in to it for the final seconds, and if you read my post this morning, you know how I feel about them.

Inconsistent play abounds in Summer League, but from the two games thus far I can still offer some observations.

First and foremost, I was wrong about Coby Karl in assuming that because he’s the son of an NBA coach and rode the bench for the Lakers and was then subsequently dropped that he couldn’t play.  From what I watched today, Karl can play and he can play hard.  He put a lot of effort into both ends of the floor with and showed that he his a complete player (dribbling, shooting, playing defense).  He also had at least three And-1′s that were pretty ridiculous, so props to him.

Secondly, J.R. Giddens for the second straight day was very explosive.  He scored 17 points, and played 37 minutes and still was all over the court until the final buzzer sounded.  He showed off his aggression by taking it to the hole with great ball fakes and strong ball takes.

Thirdly, Gabe Pruitt seemed to have the same polished game he had yesterday which makes me hope that he is ready to accept the back up point guard job- but then again, this is just Summer League.

Fourthly, yes fourthly, those who didn’t play so well.  Lester Hudson seemed far less equipped to handle the point today with good pressure from Orlando’s guards.  Nick Fazekas, while shooting a high percentage, is almost a complete defensive liability.  He did have one blocked shot and one offensive rebound, but those were fortunate bounces in transition.  His rotations were painfully slow.  As were Robert Swift’s, although Swift has just enough length to block shots (4).


Tomorrow’s game is at 5:00pm and Celtics.com will stream it live for you real fans out there.

Also, here is the box score and David Thorpe’s Tweets for today’s game:

Box Score:

Tweets:

  • http://Aol.com Matthew

    The celtics are hoping that gabe can be the inexpensive back up pg they need. Giddens has so much upside that I think if he can play defense consistantly he will get TA’s minutes. His youth aggressive drives and athletic prowess is what the celtics ageing team needs. Bill Walker (a personal favorite of mine) is still not NBA ready. Sadly he has improved just not enough to get any real minutes. I hope I eat my words. With sheed all but inked big baby needs to be the next priority, followed closely by signing a solid back up sf for Paul. He was spent in the Orlando series. Grant hill is a little old but a wiley vet who has a midrange game and even though injury has stolen his athleticism his NBA IQ is high so he can still be effective. Idk if the bi-anual 2mil will entice him enough to come to boston.

  • Michael

    I’m beating this to death today, but I would love to hear more opinions on Matt Barnes. Brendan? He’s under 30, 6’7″, can defend, shoot, pass, and drive. He seems like a good guy and has always been a role player. A poor man’s Ariza?

    Giddens looked strong today for sure, driving past or backing down guys at will. Karl looked good, but threw one terrible pass that made me question his whole game (I know, give em a break already, and I will).He had a sweet stoke and solid attack. Pruitt didn’t impress me much, but I didn’t watch the entire game. General consensus seems to indicate that he did well, which I’m happy to hear.

  • http://CELTICSBLOG Bigt1942

    I WATCHED BOTH CELTS GAMES.

    RE GIDDENS…..HE HAS CONTINUED TO SHOW THE ATHLETIC ABILTIY HE SHOWED IN THE nbdl LAST YEAR. PEOPLE DON’T GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR HIS ABILITY TO DRIVE TO THE HOOP. HE HAS THE QUICKEST FIRST STEP SINCE ANDREW TONEY. HE SHOULD SUPPLANT TA IF WE ONLY COULD MOVE TA FOR A BIG.

    RE PRUITT…..I’VE BEEN A PRUITT FAN FOR TW YEARS NOW. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS DOC RIVERS DOESN’T LIKE HIM FOR WHATEVER REASON. HE HAS THE HANDLE, ALWAYS HAS HIS HEAD UP AND HE CAN SHOOT THE BALL. HE IS THE BEST DEFENDER @ PG ON THIS TEAM EVEN BETTER THAN RONDO BECAUSE RONDO TRIES TO FEND HIS PLAYERS TO THE SIDE AND NOT STRAIGHT UP.

    ALL IN ALL IF WE CAN GET TWO OR THREE PLAYERS COMING OFF A GOOD WEEK THEN THAT IS KEY.

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