On July 23, 2015, Harry Giles stepped onto the floor at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, surrounded by fans on one side of the arena and a cavalcade of college coaches and media on the other. In the front row alone, Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie, Kentucky’s John Calipari, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and his eventual college coach, Mike Krzyzewski — surrounded by assistants Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer — sat and watched as Giles displayed the dizzying array of physical gifts that made him the No. 1 player in high school basketball by most scouting services by the time the summer ended.
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That day, Giles ran the floor like a gazelle, moved laterally like a player six inches shorter, and explosively leapt with ease. His lean, wiry, 17-year-old frame belied the strength within — he held his position on the block and overpowered weaker AAU players who couldn’t keep up athletically. It was clear his skill level in terms of shooting or creating offense was still a work in progress, but he was a versatile monster on both ends of the floor who controlled the game.
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Celtics (37-21) at Pistons (28-30) 6:00 p.m. ET — Boston needs to bounce back after an ugly loss to Toronto on Friday that saw tempers flare on both sides. The Pistons have an abundance of quality players, but they can’t get the same guy to step up on a consistent basis. Isaiah Thomas has been one of the best players in the NBA this season.
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You don’t want to overreact to three games, but something doesn’t seem right. Jrue has the look of a guy who hasn’t yet returned from the break, rather than one galvanized by his team’s acquisition of another superstar.
So what is actually going on? Is he overly flustered by the nearly impossible burden of pleasing two bigs who thrive with the ball in their hands, and aren’t really accustomed to playing any other way?