Today's Orlando Pro Summer League Game: Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic

2009 Orlando Pro Summer League
vs.
Orlando Magic main logo
July 9th, 2009
RDV SportsPlex
5:00 PM
No TV / Streaming at OrlandoMagic.com
Starters
Eric Maynor PG Russell Robinson
Jimmy Baron SG Jeremy Richardson
Derrick Brown SF Kasib Powell
Goran Suton PF Ryan Anderson
Kevin Lyde C Darian Townes
Games not open to the public

The Orlando Magic's summer-league team will attempt to extend its winning streak to three games with a victory over the Utah Jazz's summer squad today at 5 PM. Utah has struggled to a 1-2 mark in this week's play, defeating only the New Jersey Nets/Philadelphia 76ers Split Squad that's lost its three games by an average of 15 points. It's been a frustrating week for the Jazz, as Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune explains:

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said he wished C.J. Miles had played in Orlando and said he got the impression from Miles during exit meetings that he was interested.

I noted that Miles was a fourth-year player and Sloan said: "He should be a rookie in the league." Miles did make the jump from high school to the NBA. "That should be a goal of a player," Sloan added, "to make themselves better every time they have a chance."

Sloan said the Jazz would have liked for Kyrylo Fesenko to play and for Kosta Koufos not to have suffered the dislocated left ring finger that has kept him out of this week's games.

Siler told me earlier this week that the Jazz probably had commitments from better, higher-profile players, only to see them back out once three key rotation players--starting center Mehmet Okur, starting power forward Carlos Boozer, and sixth-man Kyle Korver--opted into their deals for next season. With fewer spots up for grabs, those players took their games elsewhere, hoping for a better shot to make it in the NBA.

The team is not completely devoid of talent, though. Power forward James Augustine, a former Magic 15th man, is averaging 7.3 points and 6 boards for Utah, while rookie point guard Eric Maynor has committed a scant 3 turnovers in nearly 77 minutes. Reserve point guard Kevin Kruger, who spent each of the last 2 summers with the Magic, has also performed well.

As for the Magic, well, they'l try to keep doing what they've done the whole week. Power forward Ryan Anderson, averaging 25 points per game on 64.8% eFG%, will continue to be the focal point of the offense. Point guard Russell Robinson will continue to run the show, and to pressure the ball defensively, which will be key against the speedy Maynor. The role players will continue to move in and out of the rotation. Yesterday, Courtney Fells, Levance Fields, and Stevan Milosevic were among the Magic players to sit out. There's a good chance that today is their turn in the lineup.

Check back shortly after the 5 PM tipoff for the actual starting lineup, as the one above is only an estimate.

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