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NBA Vegas Summer League: July 14th Games Recap

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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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

Game Leaders:

Blazers:

Points: Noah Vonleh – 20 points

Rebounds: Noah Vonleh – 8 rebounds

Assists: Tim Frazier   – 8 assists

Spurs:

Points: Kyle Anderson – 19 points

Rebounds: Jarrell Eddie – 5 rebounds

Assists: Brandon Davies  – 2 assists

Game Notes:

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

142. 79. 79. . 85

Game Leaders:

Wizards:

Points: Jarrid Famous    16 points

Rebounds: Jarrid Famous  – 9 rebounds

Assists: Scott Machado   – 5 assists

Mavericks:

Points: Dwight Powell – 18 points

Rebounds: Jeremy Tyler – 10 rebounds

Assists: Kevin Pangos  – 3 assists

Game Notes:

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

86. 24. . 87. 147

Game Leaders:

Nets:

Points: Ryan Boatright – 21 points

Rebounds: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – 6 rebounds

Assists: Markell Brown – 4 assists

Bulls:

Points: Doug McDermott – 19 points

Rebounds:Bobby Portis  – 10 rebounds

Assists: Diante Garrett – 8 assists

Game Notes:

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

81. 93. . 84. 27

Game Leaders:

Knicks:

Points: Maurice Ndour 23 points

Rebounds: Maurice Ndour – 6 rebounds

Assists:  Jerian Grant-4 assists

76ers:

Points: Scotty Wilbekin– 26 points

Rebounds: Arsalan Kazemi  – 8  rebounds

Assists: T.J. McConnell – 5 assists

Game Notes:

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

110. 101. 18. . 69

Game Leaders:

Heat:

Points:  Greg Whittington – 18 points

Rebounds: Greg Whittington –  8 rebounds

Assists: Josh Richardson – 4 assists

Celtics:

Points: Marcus Thornton– 21 points

Rebounds: Jordan Mickey – 11 rebounds

Assists:  Terry Rozier – 7 assists

Game Notes:

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

82. 118. . 91. 66

Game Leaders:

Suns:

Points: Devin Booker – 18 points

Rebounds: Alex Len – 14 rebounds

Assists: Devin Booker  – 2 assists

Jazz:

Points: Bryce Cotton – 13 points

Rebounds: Chris Johnson – 9 rebounds

Assists:  Bryce Cotton  – 6 assists

Game Notes:

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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