Boston Celtics 74, Portland Trailblazers 66
Leon Powe was busy battling Greg Oden in the paint, at least when the #1 pick wasn't riding the bench with foul trouble.
Who needs Greg Oden when you've got Leon Powe?
Powe scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, providing his usual mix of elbow grease and hustle, and had a few good wrestling matches with Oden under the basket as well in the Celtics' 74-66 win over the Portland Trailblazers.
"I tried to keep the big fellow (Oden) out of the lane," Powe said of his battles with Oden. "He is big and strong, so I tried to do my work early and not let in the paint."
As for Oden, he admitted that he's got some adjusting to do. The former Buckeye fouled out with 10 personals (10 fouls, rather than six, disqualify you in Summer League play) in just under 20 minutes, scoring just six points.
"It is a different game and they call it a lot different here [in the NBA]," Oden said. "There's a lot of hand checks and movements that you can't do on this level."
Oden did look more comfortable on the defensive end, swatting a pair of shots and changing a few more alongside second-year man LaMarcus Aldridge, who was the best player on the floor with 26 points and 11 boards.
Summer League games are historically pretty sloppy affairs, and while Oden certainly struggled, Friday's game wasn't exactly instructional tape fodder for the Celtics either. Allan Ray shot just 3-11 from the field but still made his presence felt (11 points), while Gerald Green (14 points) was hot early, scoring nine of Boston's first 18 points before cooling off later in the contest.
Rajon Rondo knocked down an 80-footer at the first quarter buzzer, but otherwise had a relatively quiet game. While he was driving to the hoop and finding teammates, few of his set-ups were actually converted. Finishing at the basket in traffic usually proves to be one of the common factors that separate Summer League invitees from NBA roster players.
Dennis Rogers from the Vegas Summer League contributed to this report from Las Vegas, Nevada.