Monday, July 7, 2008

The Indiana Pacers Vs. The Oklahoma City, Summer League Day 1 Recap
Box Score Available For Download as a PDF Here

Indiana Pacers
Oklahoma City

Yep, it was total Pacer domination in this one. If you look at the rosters top to bottom, you'd wonder why in the heck we could have lost. I mean, we have Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, D.J. White, Ronald Dupree....and Aaron Bruce while they one of note (I think I've heard of Andre Emmitt before). Neither of their first round picks are playing.

But, if you take one quick look at the box score, the reason we lost is completely clear: Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook did okay, and everyone else threw up a whole lotta bricks. They were a combined 13-29 and the rest of the team was a whole lotta change and a whole lotta clang.

You could talk all day about the individual stats each player made, but the simple fact is that No-Named Indiana played as a team. They didn't defer to the talent that the team was trying to develop, because there was none. IS this nessessarily a bad thing? Well, if you're an Aaron Bruce (DNP-CD) fan, yes. Otherwise? No.

OKC Standouts:
Jeff Green: 21 Points, 5 Rebounds
Russell Westbrook: 18 Points, 4 Rebounds, 5 Assists
D.J. White: 8 Points, 4 Rebounds, 4 of 9 Shooting
Mykal Riley: 8 Points, 2 Steals, 3 of 5 Shooting

Pacer Standouts:
Earl Calloway: 16 Points, 4 Rebounds, 7 Assists, 5 of 6 Shooting
Andre Emmitt: 15 Points
Stephen Graham: 14 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Assists
Shawne Williams: 13 Points, 2 Steals
Courtney Sims: 12 Points, 4 Rebounds
Aleks Maric: 3 Blocks

You can't really tell much else from the stat sheet. What should you take from this game? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The two stars played as you expected them to, and no one stood out. And, of course, Aaron Bruce didn't play. Lets hope that future games will be a bit more telling.

Funny Note: Blocked Shots are noted as "BS" on the stat sheet. At first I thought of it as like a Bull Shit credit. You know, like Player A pulled some bull shit tonight, so the ref marks it down and pulls the bullshit back on him at a later date. Then, my imagination settled down once I realized it was a blocked shot. Oh well....

EDIT: Sorry about that smut at the bottom. I don't know how to get rid of it.