There's not generally a lot to say for the game flow in a Summer League game, but the Indiana Pacers made a concerted effort to make a game of it despite a first quarter where they shot just 20%, winning the second and third quarters before the Oklahoma City Thunder kept them at bay with some three point shooting. The Pacers were strapped with turnovers throughout the game, the sloppiness apparent as both teams took the floor for the first time this Summer League.
The Pacers did actually come away with something, Orlando Summer League's new point standing system means the Pacers walked away with 2 points as the Thunder grabbed 5. Indiana got their best effort tonight from their players under contract, led by Orlando Johnson and Miles Plumlee. Johnson led the Pacers with 17 points, getting to the free throw line 12 times despite shooting just 4-13.
Plumlee flirted with a triple double, scoring nine points, grabbing nine rebounds, and blocking six shots (and altering a few others). Donald Sloan and Solomon Hill each had nine for the Pacers, Hill going a perfect 3-3. Plumlee was a defensive presence all game, showing a little bit of faith towards what Frank Vogel said at halftime could be a rise of Plumlee into the team's rotation next season. He even showed a little on the offensive end, with a reverse (kinda) jam and a nice hook to open the contest.
Sloan looked smart and confident with the ball, proving a sizable upgrade over Ben Hansbrough, who still didn't look quite good enough to contend for an NBA roster spot, especially when fighting for what would now be a fourth spot. Hill had some struggles, but put up a fairly solid effort with four boards to his name.
Outside of the four guys under contract, Christian Watford struggled shooting the ball, missing a pair of great looks, including a 1-3 night from the free throw line, scoring just three in limited action, not giving him the greatest endorsement should he hope to find a surprise spot on this year's team. Rasual Butler had four points on 1-6 shooting, throwing it away four times.
The Thunder went 10-15 from three point range, including 4-5 from Grant Jarrett, who led the Thunder with 17. Jeremy Lamb (14) and Daniel Orton (15) each had solid stretches in this game, as Dwight Buycks put up a 12 point, 13 assist double double.
The beauty of the summer league is getting to see guys who struggle one day make an impact the next, creating ample opportunity for a better effort tomorrow. Check the box score for all the statistical details. Tomorrow's game will be scheduled for 1 p.m. against Philadelphia.