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NBA Vegas Summer League: Day 2 July 11th, Games Recap

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Summer League Day 2

With the NBA Vegas Summer League  tournament underway the second day of the event got underway Saturday July 11th. Here’s a quick rundown of the 8 games who participated on day 2.

New Orleans versus Dallas Mavericks

79. . 90. 69. 86

Game Leaders:

Pelicans:

Points: Seph Curry 25 points

Rebounds: Khem Birch 6 rebounds

Assists: Larry Drew II5 assists

Mavericks:

Points: Justin Anderson 23 points

Rebounds: Dwight Powell14 rebounds

Assists: Kevin Pangos6 assists

Game Notes:
Seth Curry demonstrated apparently DNA is something that can translate onto the court coming out and dominating offensively. While the Pelicans got the win it wasn’t as easy as their first outing as the Mavericks kept fighting back in the game. There was lots of Canadian talent in this match-up with Khem Birch, Dwight Powell and Kevin Pangos all making the leader boards by games end.

Knicks vs Spurs

78. 27. . 73. 29

Game Leaders:

Knicks:

Points: Cleanthony Early– 18 points

Rebounds: Travis Wear – 10 rebounds

Assists: Cleanthony Early– 3 assists

Spurs:

Points: Kyle Anderson – 23 points

Rebounds: Cady Lalanne – 6 rebounds

Assists: Shannon Scott – 3 assists

Game Notes:

Maybe it’s just me but I can see how Kyle Anderson will end up being the next Boris Diaw for the San Antonio Spurs. He isn’t fast on the court but he has all the intangibles and you can envision him becoming a Diaw style of player in the future. The Spurs team have developed him and his maturity is showing. As for maturity the Knicks Cleanthony Early is also demonstrating growth and led his team in a couple of categories. The reality is everyone was anxious to get their eyes on the number 4 draft pick Kristaps Porzingas and he didn’t disappoint. Though he only  played 18 minutes he registered 12 points on 3 of 5 shooting and was 6 of 7 from the line.

Wizards vs Suns

86. 66. . 77. 142

Game Leaders:

Wizards:

Points: Kelly Oubre – 20 points

Rebounds: Jarrid Famous – 10 rebounds

Assists: Scott Machado – 4 assists

Suns:

Points: Archie Goodwin – 22 points

Rebounds: Alex Len – 8 rebounds

Assists: Mickey McConnell – 6 assists

Game Notes:

Despite winning the rebound handily the Wizards were never really in this game as the Suns got out to a quick start and though Washington had small runs they were never able to draw close enough to make it a contest. Kelly Oubre showcased skills and led his team with 20 points and the Suns had several players contribute to the winning effort.

Bulls vs T-Wolves

71. 86. . 84. 24

Game Leaders:

Bulls

Points: Bobby Portis – 23 points

Rebounds: Cameron Bairstow – 9 rebounds

Assists: Ramon Galloway – 9 assists

T-Wolves:

Points: Zach LaVine – 20 points

Rebounds: Adreian Payne – 9 rebounds

Assists: Tyus Jones – 3 assists

Game Notes:

The Bulls got solid production from their rookie Bobby Portis and first year player Doug McDermott showcased his sweet shooting stroke. On the T-Wolves side of the floor Zach LaVine is opening eyes with the improvement in his shooting specifically from behind the arc, showing his off season work. In his second game Towns looked much more relaxed and despite dealing with several double teams he managed to post 9 points and 9 rebounds. Another notable for the T-Wolves is the emerging game of Adreian Payne who could easily become one of those stretch four players all teams covet especially with his ability to hit the three (3 of 5on the day).

Celtics vs. Blazers

Game Leaders:

Celtics:

Points: Marcus Smart – 19 points

Rebounds: Jordan Mickey – 10 rebounds

Assists: Marcus Smart –  3 points

Blazers:

Points: Allen Crabbe  15 points

Rebounds: Malcolm Thomas 10 rebounds

Assists: Tim Frazier 8 assists

Game Notes:

Every day I get up and start checking the headlines I keep thinking when is Danny Ainge going to make the big trade to part with some of the many stock piled draft picks he has or group them with existing talent. While Marcus Smart seems to perfectly fit the identity of the Celtics his name seems to keep being mentioned in trade rumors. On Saturday he showcased why teams looking for a gritty point guard may want to take a closer look as he scored 19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. While Portland held Boston to 35.3% from the field they never really got close enough (despite a large run late in the game) to push the Celtics who built a 20 point cushio.

Lakers vs Sixers

60. 93. . 68. 20

Game Leaders:

Lakers:

Points: Jordan Clarkson – 19 points

Rebounds: D’Angelo Russell– 8 rebounds

Assists: D’Angelo Russell – 3 assists

Sixers:

Points: Jahlil Okafor 19 points

Rebounds: Jahlil Okafor 11 rebounds

Assists: Jahlil Okafor 3 assists

Game Notes:

After facing off against the number one pick in his first outing D’Angelo Russell got to see the man he surpassed to take over the second pick. He put up a solid performance scoring 14 points, dished out 3 assists, had a surprising 8 rebounds and as well as a block and a steal. Jahlil Okafor led his team in all major categories.

Nets vs Cavaliers

. 76. 147. 75. 156

Game Leaders:

Nets:

Points: Ryan Boatright – 16 points

Rebounds: Willie Reed – 10 rebounds

Assists: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – 4 assists

Cavaliers:

Points: Jerrelle Benimon – 11 points

Rebounds: Jerrelle Benimon– 12 rebounds

Assists: D.J. Seeley – 5 assists

Game Notes:

Of all the Saturday games this one was the most competitive as the teams exchanged the lead several times. Brooklyn held on to win by one point by game end. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson continues to impress with his two way game which was showcased  in a stacked box score: 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and a block.

Heat vs Jazz

79. 118. . 82. 110

Game Leaders:

Heat:

Points: Josh Richardson 16 points

Rebounds: Greg Whittingon – 10 rebounds

Assists: Shabazz Napier 4 – assists

Jazz:

Points: Bryce Cotton – 28 points

Rebounds: Jack Cooley – 8 rebounds

Assists: Bryce Cotton –  4 assists

Game Notes:

Miami continue to dominate in Summer League games as they won their first game of the Vegas tournament after going unbeaten in Orlando (6-0). The Heat’s top pick Justise Winslow sat this one out but won in spite of his absence in the line-up. Perhaps they benefited from the chemistry they developed in Orlando.  Utah kept the game close with Trey Lyles showing a bit of everything but never got close enough to threaten the victory.

Next: Vegas Day 1 Recap

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