Who: Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
When: Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET
Where: Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, Nevada
Magic Starting Lineup: Jalen Suggs, Cole Anthony, R.J. Hampton, Franz Wagner, Jon Teske
The Magic’s Summer League opener was an overall success.
Jalen Suggs was trending on Twitter after his all-around performance and the Magic had a comeback win in Jamahl Mosley’s unofficial coaching debut.
Now that the first victory and some opening night jitters are out of the way, it’s time to start focusing on game-to-game progress. Not to put unwarranted pressure on what is the Magic’s second game of Summer League, but here are some storylines to keep an eye on:
The Jalen Suggs Follow-Up
The No. 5 overall pick opened strong and closed stronger. He showed range offensively with 24 points, going 3 of 6 from deep. He showed tenacity defensively, with three blocks (probably should have had two more), including a game-saver. What more do we see from him in his follow-up performance?
Chemistry with Cole Anthony
The Magic started the game with a three-guard set of Suggs, Cole Anthony and R.J. Hampton. Anthony struggled from the field, going 1-for-9 from the field for six points. Some on Twitter accused Anthony of playing late-game hero ball while freezing out Suggs. Seems like a stretch, but would be nice to see the chemistry continue to build between the two.
I need someone to love me the way @The_ColeAnthony loves his rookies pic.twitter.com/aKa27kIQQX— Be Magic Or Be Gone! (@BeORLMagic) August 7, 2021
Wagner’s rookie jitters
Wasn’t the greatest start for No. 8 overall pick Franz Wagner, who struggled for much of the night at both ends. Wagner shot 2-for-8, missing all six of his attempts from deep. Let’s see if he settles down now that he has a game under his belt.
The rise of Janis Timma
Jalen Suggs stole the show, but Janis Timma took some of the spotlight. And, with his blonde hair and remarkable story, he might do so again on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old, who was drafted 60th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Grizzlies, made his Summer League debut in the Magic’s opener. He impressed with 11 points (3-for-6 from three) and six rebounds, and he also caused quite the stir on Twitter....
29-year-old Janis Timma was selected 60th overall by the Grizzlies back in the 2013 NBA draft.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 10, 2021
He made his Summer League debut Monday and put up 11 PTS, 6 REB and 2 BLK.
Never too late ✊ pic.twitter.com/VgMvFK7tt6
Janis Timma looks like the created player that your little cousin made on your 2k pic.twitter.com/DBzZrK1OXy— Matty P (@MattPerotti) August 10, 2021
Janis Timma and Ignas Brazdeikis coming to win the game on their own. pic.twitter.com/7N3Y8UCeB5— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) August 10, 2021
Janis Timma checking in for the Magic pic.twitter.com/WN0HeZLQXL— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) August 10, 2021
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe pic.twitter.com/zLRTyoj5LT— Antonio McDyess Clay (@thom_not_tom) August 10, 2021
All I can think of when I look at Janis Timma... pic.twitter.com/Jc7gJ6Sxld— Orlando Pinstriped Post (@OPPMagicBlog) August 10, 2021