Summer League Day 5
Day 5 of the NBA Vegas Summer League brought us 6 more games and the results allowed the tournament seedings to be set. Here’s the recap on those 6 games.
Blazers vs Spurs
Points: Noah Vonleh – 20 points
Rebounds: Noah Vonleh – 8 rebounds
Assists: Tim Frazier – 8 assists
Points: Kyle Anderson – 19 points
Rebounds: Jarrell Eddie – 5 rebounds
Assists: Brandon Davies – 2 assists
Kyle Anderson continues to showcase why he should get regular rotation minutes as he once again led the Spurs in scoring. In a tightly contested game it was the Spurs who hung on after Pat Connaughton missed an opportunity to tie the game in the closing seconds. I’ve been watching Noah Vonleh with a keen eye to see how he performs in Vegas given I thought he’d be more valuable in Charlotte. Perhaps he just didn’t get minutes as his game is quite similar to that of Michael Kidd Gilchrist, so I’m anxious to see if he gets regular minutes on Portland who’ll likely slip down the ladder drastically this season.
Wizards vs. Mavericks
Points: Jarrid Famous 16 points
Rebounds: Jarrid Famous – 9 rebounds
Assists: Scott Machado – 5 assists
Points: Dwight Powell – 18 points
Rebounds: Jeremy Tyler – 10 rebounds
Assists: Kevin Pangos – 3 assists
Despite turning the ball over 20 times the Wizards easily took this game as the Mavericks continue to struggle in Vegas. Canadian Dwight Powell continues to showcase improvements and should find some time in the regular rotation on a depleted Mavericks bench. Arguably the second best basketball name (Sir Dominic Pointer of Cleveland has to take the top moniker) Jarred Famous is also giving the Wizards or other teams in the Association reason to add him to their varsity squad as he’s had impressive outings in each of the Wizards matches.
Nets vs. Bulls
Points: Ryan Boatright – 21 points
Rebounds: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – 6 rebounds
Assists: Markell Brown – 4 assists
Points: Doug McDermott – 19 points
Rebounds:Bobby Portis – 10 rebounds
Assists: Diante Garrett – 8 assists
The Bulls seemed to have the game in hand at one point leading by 16 points, but with less than one minute remaining and a healthy 9 point lead was evaporated as the Nets went on to win by one point. Dougie McBuckets was on fire early, but notably his defense still is rough. The Bulls top draft selection Bobby Portis has shown signs of greatness mixed with so-so outings (versus Raptors he was invisible). Meanwhile the Nets continue to get strong efforts out of their rookie Rondae Holis-Jefferson despite his ugly shooting stroke. The Nets development staff will have their work cut out for them in correcting his shot, but the fact he’s dedicated should help.
Knicks vs 76ers
Points: Maurice Ndour – 23 points
Rebounds: Maurice Ndour – 6 rebounds
Assists: Jerian Grant-4 assists
Points: Scotty Wilbekin– 26 points
Rebounds: Arsalan Kazemi – 8 rebounds
Assists: T.J. McConnell – 5 assists
In one of the most exciting games of the tournament the Knicks clawed back to force overtime. Kristaps Porzingas may not have registered the top stat scores but his defense on Jahlil Okafor and timely blocks were key to why New York was able to come back in a game they trailed by double digits. Perhaps Knicks fans will be more appreciative of Porzingas who has been impressive in limited minutes thus far in the tournament.
Heat vs Celtics
Points: Greg Whittington – 18 points
Rebounds: Greg Whittington – 8 rebounds
Assists: Josh Richardson – 4 assists
Points: Marcus Thornton– 21 points
Rebounds: Jordan Mickey – 11 rebounds
Assists: Terry Rozier – 7 assists
In what became a bit of a laugher the Celtics went on to demolish the Heat by 32 points shooting solidly from the all areas of the court: 44.9% from the field, 46.2% from 3 and 81.8% from the free throw line. Rookie point guard Rozier was impressive as was the second Marcus Thornton to now be active in the league. Justise Winslow is nursing an injury and subsequently saw only 10 minutes of action.
Suns vs. Jazz
Points: Devin Booker – 18 points
Rebounds: Alex Len – 14 rebounds
Assists: Devin Booker – 2 assists
Points: Bryce Cotton – 13 points
Rebounds: Chris Johnson – 9 rebounds
Assists: Bryce Cotton – 6 assists
It took until game 3 of the Suns Summer League action for youngster Devin Booker to connect on a three point shot, but once he did he was off to the races. Perhaps signing his contract led to him playing more relaxed. Still he looks like a kid on the floor making Steph Curry appear old in comparison. The Suns never really let the Jazz in the game and it was the first game Jazz rookie Trey Lyles didn’t look comfortable.
Today’s games finalized the tournament seeding and Wednesday bracket play begins. The Rockets will play the Milwaukee Bucks in their first outing of bracket play. Stay with us for all free agency news, Summer League updates and all things Houston Rockets.
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