|2009 Orlando Pro Summer League|
|July 7th, 2009|
|No TV / Streaming at OrlandoMagic.com|
|Gabe Pruitt||PG||Russell Robinson|
|Coby Karl||SG||Jeremy Richardson|
|J.R. Giddens||SF||Kasib Powell|
|Nick Fazekas||PF||Ryan Anderson|
|Robert Swift||C||Stevan Milosevic|
|Games not open to the public|
The Boston Celtics' summer-league squad will look to continue its winning ways after routing the Utah Jazz, 87-56, on Monday, while the Orlando Magic will try to bounce back from a convincing loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. No, it's not exactly a 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals rematch, but there are a few things to watch for in this afternoon's game, the first on the schedule at RDV SportsPlex.
For one, the Celtics have some positional battles at guard (Lester Hudson and Gabe Pruitt) and on the wings (J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker). Boston can't afford to carry any dead weight, with a payroll currently in excess of $80 million with more roster spots to fill. At the same time, the advanced age of its rotation means GM Danny Ainge needs to keep an eye out for young talent with which to infuse the team when the veterans begin to peter out.
Orlando is still trying to figure out what it has, apart from Ryan Anderson, who looked like a legit rotation player in scoring 21 points against the Thunder yesterday. Guys who could round out the big-league squad's bench--like Jeremy Pargo, Richard Hendrix, and Darian Townes--are worth another look; meanwhile, Milovan Rakovic and Stevan Milosevic, the team's European invitees, have yet to take the floor due to a paperwork conflict that has yet to be resolved. Maybe they'll see the court today, along with the other players who did not participate yesterday: Courtney Fells, Levance Fields, C.J. Giles, and Kasib Powell.
Eddy and I will take in the action live from RDV. Expect more of the same type of coverage we brought you yesterday.