Orlando Summer League got going early on Saturday, with a 9 a.m. ET tip-off in the practice gym at the Amway Center.
The Orlando version, which runs from July 5-11 before Las Vegas takes over from July 11-21, is a much more private affair, limited to in-person viewing by media and team personnel.
Every game is available for live streaming, however, and for a small fee you get access to all of them for viewing on your computer, smart phone, or tablet.
Here’s the opening day schedule (all times Eastern):
||Brooklyn at Indiana
||Miami at Boston
||Orlando at Philadelphia
||Detroit at Houston
||Memphis at Oklahoma City
Miami against Boston should feature newly-drafted rookies Shabazz Napier and Marcus Smart going at it, while Nerlens Noel will see his first live game action for the Sixers.
If you’re growing weary of all the free agency rumors and want to get back to watching some actual basketball, Summer League is a great opportunity to do just that.
Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.
As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:
Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.
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Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.
An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.
Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.
But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.
The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.
Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.
The slow-motion replays are absolutely brutal.