The Pistons and Heat will square off in Summer League play this afternoon, after a much needed day off on Monday. The Pistons and Orlando Magic are the only two teams in the Orlando Summer League to win their first two games. They both sit atop the Summer League standings heading into Tuesday’s play.
Here’s all you need to know to get you ready for tip-off this afternoon.
Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat
Date: Tuesday, July 8th
Game Time: 5 PM ET
Venue: Amway Center Practice Court
TV Info: NBA TV
Live Stream: NBA Summer League Live (15$)
Orlando Summer League Standings
|Memphis Grizzlies||3||1||23 |
|Philadelphia 76ers||3||1||22 |
|Boston Celtics||3||1||21 |
|Indiana Pacers||3||1||21 |
|Detroit Pistons||3||1||19 |
|Orlando Magic||2||2||16 |
|Miami Heat||1||3||13.5 |
|Oklahoma City Thunder||1||3||12 |
|Brooklyn Nets||1||3||8 |
|Houston Rockets||0||4||4.5 |
How can you not talk about the play of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Pistons shooting guard has been the story of the Orlando Summer League. It will be interesting to see how much the Pistons use him in their third game of the Summer.
After two impressive performances, it wouldn’t be surprising to see if other players on the roster will get a chance to have the offense run through them.
DeAndre Liggins is a roster candidate that has yet to have a opportunity to show his value on offense. I wouldn’t be surprised if Damion James and Liggins get a heavy offensive load on Tuesday.
Pistons Probable Starters
Siva continued his strong showing in the Summer League on Sunday against the Grizzlies. After a dominating opening game, Siva continued his smooth play — dropping 7 assists and scoring 12 points. Siva has been able to get to the lane pretty frequently in Summer League and is making it a tough decision for the Pistons on whether to exercise their team option.
KCP is by far the MVP of the Orlando Summer League. What else can you expect the summer stud to do? He has averaged 28 points per game, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and is shooting 46% from the field and from three. He owns the game right now and it’s fun to watch in this type of basketball setting.
Liggins got a better chance to show off his athletic skills on Sunday against the Grizzlies. We know about his defense, but what the Pistons need to know is if he can provide any type of offense. Look for him to be a bigger part of the game plan against the Heat. If he can prove to make three point shots, he has a spot on the Pistons roster.
Brian Cook might be the slowest stretch four in the history of the position. He has had one good quarter for the Pistons, and 7 bad ones. But, he can shoot the Basketball. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chris Watford, Damion James, or Justin Harper slotted in Brian Cook’s spot on Tuesday.
C, North Texas
It’s not good when the most exciting play of the game for the most flashy player is an assist on a three point shot to open the game. Mitchell only had two field goal attempts against the Grizzlies and only saw 21 minutes on the floor. The jury is still out on Mitchell, but time is definitely running out for him to prove he belongs on the Pistons roster.
Heat Probable Starters
After a rough first game against the Celtics, Napier bounced back on Sunday against Brooklyn. The rookie point guard scored 17 points and dished out 7 assists. Yet he still struggled handling the basketball, turning it over 5 times. Napier has a talented future ahead of him and will be a defensive challenge for Peyton Siva. It wouldn’t be surprising to see KCP cover him at times.
A natural point guard at Mercer, Hall is slowly learning what it takes to be a shooting guard in the NBA. The name might sound familiar after he and his Mercer squad upset Duke in the NCAA tournament. The Atlantic Sun Player of the Year has struggled to find a groove yet in Orlando.The Heat are rotating guys in at shooting guard, so Hall might not even start.
SF, Long Beach State
If Kentavious Caldwell-Pope wasn’t having a great summer league, there would be more talk about James Ennis. After being the only consistent scorer against Boston on Saturday, Ennis put the Heat on his back Sunday against the Nets. Ennis dropped 29 points while going 10/12 from the floor and 7/8 from three. Ennis is a heat check player, and he is burning ember right now.
After spending two seasons with the Kings, Honeycutt hooped in Israel last year, hoping to find another road to the NBA. Honeycutt weighed overseas offers before making his way to the Heat’s Summer League team. Honeycutt averaged 16 points per game overseas last year while grabbing 9 rebounds a game.
Hamilton has been a main focal point of the Heat offense so far in Summer League. Against the Nets on Sunday he found a good rhythm with point guard Shabazz Napier. Hamilton had a late call-up to the Heat last year, replacing DeAndre Liggins on their roster. The big man with range played alongside Liggins for the Sioux Falls Skyforce last season and averaged 19 points per game and 9 rebounds.