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NBA Summer League: Houston Rockets take out the Portland Trail Blazers 99-88


The Houston Rockets looked very impressive again on Tuesday night. All three rookies (White, Jones, Lamb) combined for 53 points, 30 rebounds and 12 assists. Morey might need to take a step back and start thinking about keeping all these young studs.

Royce White put on a highlight reel with his crafty passes. He made a scoop pass from half court for the assists. He then came down court and went behind the back for another dime. He only had 6 points, but had a major impact in the game with his 8 assists and 12 rebounds. I love his passing skills and would like to see Houston let him run the point forward at times in the regular season. One thing i want to see from White more is him being more aggressive scoring the ball.

Terrence Jones had his best game as a pro putting up 24 points and 12 rebounds. He has a nice jab step and can put the ball on the floor a bit. He even showed some range, which i said he needed to improve on. Nice all around game and i would give him the MVP for Tuesday night.

Jeremy Lamb put up another 23 points. It was almost overlooked only because it’s now expected for him to score 20-25 a night. He has no problem putting the ball in the hoop. If he keeps this up he could be starting game 1 of the regular season.

Motiejunas got his first pro double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He looked more aggressive down low, which i love. He needs to be able to do that to have a significant impact against the NBA’s finest big men. He was a very impressive 10-16 from the field. He made top draft pick Meyers Leonard look like an amateur.

Scott Machado is starting to settle in at the point spot. So much that Fortson only got 4 minutes of playing time. He played good defense with his 3 steals, and found his teammates with ease for 8 assists. I think he will atleast earn a spot with the Vipers after this performance.

Dragic and Forbes also had solid games off the bench. Zoran put up 9 points, while Forbes had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. I think Forbes has a chance to find some playing time with the Rockets next season.

If you weren’t able to catch the game then you might have missed the injury to Nolan Smith. The game had to be ended 40 seconds early after Smith crashed into the support under the basket, walked a few steps and collapsed with what looked to be a head or neck injury. He had an impressive 27 points and 5 assists. Most importantly my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family tonight.

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