Daily Summer League Recap

By Matt Dykstra | July 3, 2017

Orlando Summer League: Day 3

Indiana Pacers 86, Miami HEAT 83

Summary: After trailing 21-14 midway through the first quarter, the Miami HEAT were able to fight their way back to tie the game at 23 after the first quarter of play. The HEAT then proceeded to outscore the Indiana Pacers 23-13 in the second quarter, entering halftime with a 46-36 lead.

However, the Pacers opened the third quarter on a 12-0 run, and Miami was never able to retake control of the game, ultimately falling for the third time in as many days by a margin of 86-83.

Despite the loss, there were positives for the HEAT on day 3. First round draft pick Bam Adebayo exploded for 29 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in the contest, shooting 8-14 from the field and 13-17 from the free throw line.

Former Skyforce forward Jarnell Stokes tallied 14 points and seven rebounds in just 18 minutes, having been limited by foul trouble throughout the game. Stokes finished with eight personal fouls, two shy of ejection, per summer league rules.

Skyforce guard Bubu Palo did not enter the game for the second time in three games, but we were able to catch up with him after the Pacer victory to talk about his first summer league experience, and what he’s trying to display for the Pacer organization and other NBA scouts.

Bubu Palo on his first Summer League Experience:

Describe how your experience has been so far with the Indiana Pacers.

“It’s good to get out here and just watch and see the competition and the high-levelness. It’s good to even be a part of it. It’s really exciting and a good learning experience…a good learning curve. It’s a building block and something I’m just trying to make the most of.”

Have you been able to get into the flow of things despite receiving limited minutes?

“It was a little tough. It was nice to get my feet wet a little bit [yesterday] and get the adrenaline out. It would be a little more helpful to get a couple more minutes just to get my feet under myself a little bit more, but it was nice to get out there and get some of those jitters out of the way and just experience some of that. So that was a good experience as well.”

What has it been like, in your first summer league experience, to be playing with your former teammate Jarnell [Stokes] and are you able to carry that connection over with you in practice and in games?

“We just have a natural, built-in chemistry with being able to play with each other. There’s just a familiarity. Just knowing where he kind of likes the ball, and just being able to efficiently communicate. So that’s been something that’s been really helpful going into this. To have someone you know you can lean on, to be there for you, and kind of help you out as well. So that’s something that I’ve been excited about.”

What have been your goals throughout summer league, and what skill sets are you trying to demonstrate most to teams who are here scouting?

“The thing that I really want to do most is to show that I can really run a team. Through my time in Sioux Falls we’ve had some great guards, and I’ve been kind of playing off the ball, so I’ve kind of been playing [shooting guard]. Through this experience I’ve been trying to just show that I can run and lead the team. Be the lead guard. Run the show. So I’m just trying to display leadership qualities and lead the team.”

Additional Day 2 Scores

Dallas Mavericks 86, Orlando Magic 76

Summary: The Orlando Magic got off to a hot start behind rookie forward Jonathan Isaac’s nine points and three rebounds in just 12 minutes of playing time, but Isaac wouldn’t return to the floor after exiting in the second quarter. Former Maine Red Claws guard Marcus Georges-Hunt continued to pace the Magic, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists in the loss.

The Mavericks were paced by Dwight Buycks, who has led the team in scoring in all three games so far this week, posting 20 points and four rebounds. Brandon Paul followed with 18 points and five rebounds.

Former Skyforce guard Luis Montero tallied six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks, but failed to get into the scoring column in his 29 minutes of playing time off the bench (0-4 FG).

Oklahoma City Thunder 99, New York Knicks 87

Summary: The New York Knicks were handed their third-straight Summer League loss on Monday afternoon despite another strong performance from NBA G League alum Chasson Randle, who scored 20 points while making six of his eight shot attempts in the game.

Oklahoma City’s trio of Josh Huestis (26 points and seven rebounds), Dakari Johnson (21 points, seven rebounds and four assists) and Vince Hunter (12 points, four rebounds and three assists) proved to be too much yet again as the Thunder now move to 2-0 this week.

Skyforce Alum Day 3 Statistics (Orlando)

Okaro White Miami HEAT DND
Briante Weber Charlotte Hornets No Game
Jarnell Stokes Indiana Pacers 18 5 7 71.4 0 0 4 8 50.0 0 7 0 0 14
Bubu Palo Indiana Pacers DNP
Stefan Jankovic Orlando Magic DNP
Luis Montero Dallas Mavericks 29 0 4 00.0 0 3 00.0 0 0 00.0 2 6 2 2 0


Skyforce Alum Cumulative Statistics (Orlando)

Okaro White Miami HEAT 2 67 5 14 35.7 2 6 33.3 8 11 72.2 0 8 1 3 20
Briante Weber Charlotte Hornets 2 29 5 13 38.5 1 2 50.0 6 7 85.7 2 5 4 0 17
Jarnell Stokes Indiana Pacers 3 73 10 23 43.5 0 0 14 22 63.6 4 23 2 4 34
Bubu Palo Indiana Pacers 1 12 0 1 00.0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0
Stefan Jankovic Orlando Magic
Luis Montero Dallas Mavericks 2 50 3 9 33.3 1 5 20.0 1 2 50.0 5 7 5 3 8


Utah Summer League: Day 1

Boston Celtics 89, Philadelphia 76ers 88

Summary: In a showcase of lottery picks and young talent, the Utah Summer League in Salt Lake City tipped off with a tightly contested matchup between Markelle Fultz and the Sixers, and Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics.

Second-year player Jaylen Brown dominated, scoring 29 points and collecting 13 rebounds in the narrow victory for the Celtics, while rookie Jayson Tatum added 21 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Accompanying the two young stars was former NBA G League All-Star and Rookie of the Year Abdel Nader, who added 13 points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench for Boston.

Philadelphia’s Fultz scored 17 points in just 22 minutes for the Sixers in the loss, while Skyforce guard Larry Drew II added 10 points, five assists, two rebounds and a steal. Drew II got the start for Philly, played 30 minutes in his 2017 summer league debut.

Utah Jazz 87, San Antonio Spurs 74

Summary: The Utah Jazz bested the San Antonio Spurs on their home court behind 23 points from rookie lottery pick Donovan Mitchell, who added five assists and three steals in the win.  Dante Exum pitched in 18 points, six rebounds and five assists to help lead the way for the Jazz.

Davis Bertans (12 points and three rebounds), Bryn Forbes (12 points and three rebounds), Derrick White (13 points and three assists) and Livio Jean-Charles (10 points and five rebounds) all scored in double figures for the Spurs, who failed to come out on top in their summer league debut.

Skyforce Alum Day 1 Statistics (Utah)

Larry Drew II Philadelphia 76ers 1 30 4 9 44.4 2 5 40.0 0 0 5 2 1 0 10