Houston Rockets Land #9-Seed in Vegas Summer League Tournament
By Trey Oursler
Although the Rockets won two of their three Summer League games, they were still placed in a first-round match-up with the Milwaukee Bucks and given the #9-seed. The top 8-seeds were awarded a day off (bye) on Wednesday, while the other 16 teams will be in action.
Summer League Bracket for the Nuggets pic.twitter.com/OiksU6MVsP
— Bobby Gonzales (@MileHighMiner) July 15, 2015
Houston's opponent Milwaukee was the last ranked team at #24 and both teams will be battling for a chance to play the 8-seed Phoenix Suns, whom the Rockets already beat in Game 2 on Sunday. This should be a walk in the park for Houston, especially if Nick Johnson or Clint Capela decide to suit up for bracket-play. Sam Dekker will more than likely continue to sit with back soreness, but they haven’t missed him too much with Montrezl Harrell jamming everything near the rim. Sean Kilpatrick, Johnny O’Bryant and first-round draft pick Rashad Vaughn should pose a valiant effort, but the Rockets have been playing extremely well even with Monday’s loss to Toronto.
For the second year in a row Glen Rice Jr. is dominating the Summer League circuit, averaging 22.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per outing. Will Cummings, from Temple, has been the other stand-out as he has been able to run the team from the point guard spot and get the ball where it needs to be. Alan Williams from UCSB and D.J. Kennedy from St. John’s have both impressed, averaging double-digit points, while University of Houston’s Aubrey Coleman and UNLV’s Christian Wood will get a few more chances to showcase their in-game skills and prove they are worth keeping around.
A win over Jason Kidd‘s Bucks would place the Rockets in a second-round game with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, who once again, lost to Houston by 19 on Sunday. If Houston were able to beat Phoenix a second time then a possible second match-up with the Toronto Raptors could happen in Round 2. Toronto gets the winner of Chicago/Cleveland who will give them a game, but the Raptors have come out strong with some solid, young talent such as Delon Wright and Norman Powell. If the Rockets were to get past “We The North” then the Quarterfinals would take place on Saturday, July 18th.
Rockets center Alan Williams, who played well in his 1st two games of summer league, was held out Mon after his hip flexor injury on Sunday.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 14, 2015
Tune in to NBA TV at 4pm/ET to see the Houston Rockets take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Round 1 of the Las Vegas Summer League Tournament. If you can’t catch the game, come back to @SpaceCity_Scoop and let us fill you in!
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