Any self-respecting NBA fan that hasn’t been watching the Orlando Summer League needs to stop what they are doing and either tune in or catch up immediately.
This six-day event has just passed its midpoint, with Wednesday’s action leading up to a decisive slate of games on Thursday that will set up Friday’s championship day.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the contests, here’s a look at the latest scores, highlights and stories from Day 4 down in the Magic Kingdom.
Utah Jazz 98, Brooklyn Nets 69
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The Jazz moved to 2-1 after they absolutely decimated a weak Nets squad that has dropped to 0-3 in summer league play.
While Utah let prized rookie point guard Trey Burke have the day off, the rest of the players were hardly challenged by Brooklyn’s listless lineup.
Chris Roberts, Jeremy Evans, Alec Burks, Tony Gaffney and Dionte Christmas all looked great in the win, with each player scoring in double-digits.
Mason Plumlee, the Nets' first-round draft pick, struggled to contribute and finished with just four points on 1-of-4 shooting, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes.
Rudy Gobert, Utah's French rookie, had just two rebounds and zero points in seven minutes.
Jason Kidd is still seeking his first win as the latest coach of the Nets—a task that will be much easier to complete during the regular season, when he has a starting lineup chock-full of superstars.
With Utah building a 22-point halftime lead and ultimately winning by 29 points, the only intrigue for spectators came at the very last second of the game.
The lights at the Amway Center went out, and players had to wait around for more than five minutes before playing the remaining milliseconds in order for the results to become official.
Oklahoma City Thunder 74, Philadelphia 76ers 62
If Thunder fans are looking for solace after sixth man Kevin Martin bolted for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, look no further than Jeremy Lamb's performance on Wednesday.
The second-year guard went for a game-high 32 points, outscoring the remainder of his Oklahoma City starters by nine points while leading his club to an easy win. The victory brings the Thunder's record to a boisterous 4-0 in Orlando, and Lamb's play has been one of the most positive takeaways.
Lamb knocked down 10-of-14 shots from the field, including 3-of-5 from distance, and relentlessly got himself to the free-throw line. Oklahoma City might want to curb his turnover habits as a primary ball-handler—he had eight—but that shouldn't be much of a problem on the senior club. The Thunder will be looking for Lamb to take over much of the void left by Martin, especially with the team striking out in free agency thus far.
First-round pick Steven Adams also had another solid performance, converting on all but one of his five field-goal attempts en route to a 13-point effort.
Oklahoma City gave the day off to Reggie Jackson, whose 35 points on Tuesday highlighted a Thunder victory. They will have Thursday off before (likely) playing in the first-place game on Friday.
The Sixers' side was mostly filled with cringe-worthy performances. Michael Carter-Williams' struggles from the field in Orlando continued, as the rookie point guard shot 3-of-16 from the field and had only seven points. Overall, Philadelphia shot just 35.9 percent from the field, as it fell listlessly behind after a promising first period.
On the positive side, second-round pick Arsalan Kazemi's all-around solid play continued. He scored six points while making all three of his field goal attempts, grabbed nine rebounds and dished three assists. The Sixers are 0-3 during their trip to Orlando, but the promising play of the 23-year-old forward has to give them some hope he can pan out down the line.
Philadelphia is back in action against the Orlando Magic on Thursday.
Houston Rockets 85, Boston Celtics 78
The Rockets kept their hopes of summer league glory alive on Wednesday, riding a wave of excellent all-around play to stave off a late Celtics run and bring their record to 3-0.
Second-year forward Terrence Jones led the way for Houston with 17 points and six rebounds. Vander Blue (16 points), Rob Covington (11 points) and Casper Ware (10 points) all also scored in double-figures. The Rockets kept a steady lead throughout the entire contest, dominating with 50 total rebounds, including 24 on the offensive glass.
They won despite sitting Patrick Beverley, whose strong play bodes well for his chances at starting next season. Houston will finish off its "regular" slate of summer league games against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.
Celtics first-round pick Kelly Olynyk's breakout performance in Orlando continued on Wednesday. The former Gonzaga standout had 19 points, 10 rebounds on 8-of-14 from the field. Boston might want to monitor Olynyk's propensity for fouling and turning the ball over, as he had the rare seven-foul distinction and coughed it up to the Rockets five times.
Either way, those are minor flaws in what has been an excellent showing for the ostensible Kevin Garnett replacement.
Undrafted free agent Phil Pressey did little to dispel his reputation as a wretched shooter and excellent passer. He went 2-of-9 from the field and had just six points, but dished out 10 assists and looked excellent in the open floor. It's an uphill battle for all undrafted players. Pressey has an opportunity to hang on, though, if he can find a sweet spot with his aggressive play
The Celtics are off on Thursday before playing in their placing contest.