Crossover Chronicles' Philip Rossman-Reich will be at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League all week. He will provide his thoughts on the day's action in this running post throughout the day.
Oklahoma City Thunder 79, Orlando Magic 78
Jeremy Lamb had the ball in his hands in the final moment and pulled off a quick crossover to freeze Maurice Harkless. He then calmly drained a free-throw-line jumper over a fallen Harkless to give the Thunder a 79-78 victory over the Magic. Lamb had 11 points on 4-for-16 shooting, but made two critical baskets down the stretch as the Thunder came from behind for the win. Andrew Nicholson led the Magic with 19 points and Doron Lamb added 16 for the Magic.
--Daniel Orton may come out of here as the most improved player of the teams here. The former first round pick has fought knee injuries that have kept him out of shape and out of the lineup. However, early on he showed a lot of aggression attacking the basket and threw down some emphatic dunks. It looks like he is finally healthy so maybe we will get to see what he can do on a bigger stage.
--The Magic consider Maurice Harkless to be a pretty big pieces of their future. They view him as a potential defensive stopper, but also as something a bit more on the offensive end. Harkless last year was mostly relegated to standing in the corner and cutting or taking the 3-pointer from the corner. He is getting the charge this Summer League to do more, and he is delivering. Harkless is being more aggressive off the dribble (something he has worked on so far this offseason) and getting to the line more. He has also improved his help side defense and rebounding it seems. Really, this is a great stage for Harkless to show how aggressive he can be and continue to work on those skills.
--An astute observation from our colleague Ed Isaacson of NBA Draft Blog. Victor Oladipo seems to be much more effective in open space and with a bit of a running start. When the space closes in on him and he has to play in the pick and roll his offensive effectiveness (particularly as a scorer) seems to decrease some.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers -- 1 p.m.
Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons -- 3 p.m.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat -- 5 p.m.