Orlando Summer League: Celtics edge Pacers 76-74

Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The Pacers were led by Orlando Johnson and Solomon Hill, falling short in the final seconds to Boston.

The Indiana Pacers had a nice start today, but a poor second quarter, where Indiana was outscored 25-9 by the Boston Celtics helped lead the w-

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-a stronger second half. The Pacers used a 9-0 run in the game's closing minutes to erase a solid run by Kelly Olynyk in the fourth quarter, notching the game at 74, before a Donald Sloan miss would get the Celtics to the line for the winning pair of points. Despite the woeful second quarter, the Pacers picked up three points, the most a losing team can get with their performance through the other three quarters.

Let's talk a bit about Donald Sloan, especially on his decision to attack the basket on Indiana's penultimate possession, dribbling with minimal purpose for a bad look that eventually put the Celtics on the line. Sloan's been fairly impressive this week, at least as a third string point guard who appeared capable of playing at the NBA level for stretches, but his 2-8 performance today with four turnovers simply wasn't a very good one.

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Of course, the Pacers as a team shot only 36%, helped in large part due to that second quarter, but despite some early struggles, Solomon Hill put together a solid second half to rebound from a bad shooting first half. In a sense, we saw a little today why Sloan is a third string point guard, but even in some poor decisions, proved he was a whole lot better than Jonny Flynn, who continued to offer very little for the Pacers.

Hill led the Pacers in scoring by the way. He had 15 on 7-15 shooting, totaling four rebounds, a team high three assists, and three steals, it's really becoming clear, even in a Summer League setting, what the Pacers are hoping to get from Hill. His mature, head's up play drew a lot of early praise from the broadcast team, who appeared still in awe over his professionalism in the post-game interview the day before.

Orlando Johnson had some nice stretches with 13 points and six boards, but had some foul issues, totaling five. Miles Plumlee was a little less effective today, but with only four field goal attempts (three makes), he clearly wasn't the focus of the offense at any point in the game, still offering a better outing than Colton Iverson and Fab Melo. The real surprise of the day came from Chris Wright, who had six (emphatic) points in the first quarter as part of an eight point game where he got to the line six times. As well, Rasual Butler had his first decent game of the Summer League, posting seven points on 3-7 shooting, with three boards and a steal.

For the Celtics, Kelly Olynyk continues to be a Summer League stud, leading the Celtics with 21 points and nine boards. Tony Mitchell pitched in with 15, and Phil Pressey came off the bench for 11. The Pacers slide to 1-2 in Summer League, but pick up three points, finding themselves with 11th, in a tie for fourth. Of course, the Houston Rockets have 11 points through two games, anything short of a blank by them will slide Indiana into the fifth spot tomorrow. But despite being in 4th, they're only three points behind Oklahoma City and Miami, creating plenty of opportunity for Thursday's game.

Tomorrow is Indiana's day off before tipping off again on Thursday at 11 a.m. against the Utah Jazz. Enjoy today's box score, as well as a nice day off in the sunny city of Orlando, where the eternal question is: which theme park are you spending your off day at? Or is that too touristy of a thing to do?

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