NBA Summer League: Day 10
Milwaukee Bucks (1-4) 80 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-2) 66
The Milwaukee Bucks made sure they left Vegas with a win, comfortably beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 80-66 in Cox Pavilion. First rounder Larry Sanders was strong, shooting 7/11 from the field for his 17 points. Sanders has been averaging 4 turnovers per game over the last week, but did a good job today taking care of the ball, not committing any. He also picked up 5 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Deron Washington added 17 points 4 rebounds 3 steals and a block for the Bucks. Second rounder Tiny Gallon didn’t have the best shooting games, going 3/10 for his 8 points. He also collected 9 boards and blocked 3 shots. Gallon showed his explosiveness for a big man, sending down an impressive dunk on a baseline move.
Sean Williams was productive off the bench, posting a double double in just 20 minutes of playing time. He went for 16points and 12 rebounds.
The Cavs shot a poor 31% from the field for the game, with 2009 first rounder Christian Eyenga going just 3/11 for 11 points. Former UCONN guard Jerome Dyson top scored for Cleveland but even he struggled, going 3/11 from downtown and 4/15 overall. Dyson has NBA athleticism but will need to improve his outside shot and point guard skills if he is ever to play in the league.
Like Williams, David Monds also contributed a bench double double going for 16points and 10 boards.
San Antonio Spurs (5-0) 78 vs Memphis Grizzlies (3-2) 64
25 year old journeyman Gary Neal who has played the last few seasons over in Spain led all scorers with 25 to help the Spurs extend their record to a perfect 5-0. Neal was in the zone hitting 6-10 from 3 and 9-16 overall.
Point guard Curtis Jerrels had 10 with 4 assists and 3 turnovers. he continues to be an intriguing option for a end of NBA bench or European team option at the point.
After performaing excellent all week, Memphis second year forward Sam Young put up a dud scoring just 3 points on 1-6 shooting. Despite the stinker, Young was the best player this week for Memphis averaging 19.4 on 54% fg shooting.
Teammate Demarre Carroll finally woke up with a solid effort scoring 14 on 6-8 shooting. On the week Carroll averaged 9.2 ppg on 37% fg shooting. It appears the forward draft picks the Grizzlies made in 2009 (Carroll and Young) were in fact reversed.
Hasheem Thabeet continues to struggle with his game. He'll make a solid play every so often, but his all around feel for the game and progression does not equate to being the 2nd overall pick in the 2009 draft.
Portland Trailblazers (4-1) 83 vs Chicago Bulls (1-4) 69
The Portland Trailblazer closed out their 2010 summer league with a strong second half to defeat the Chicago Bulls 83-69. The Blazers were without big man Jeff Pendergraph who sat out nursing a sore foot. Ekene Ibekwe started in his place and despite some foul trouble (8 fouls) he produced a Pendegraph like stat line, finishing with 7 points 13 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Luke Babbitt was huge today, top scoring with a game high 22 points. Babbitt attacked the rim and converted all 8 of his free throw attempts. He also had 4 rebounds, 3 assists 4 steals and a block.
Second rounder Armon Johnson was solid with 12 points on 5/10 shooting. Johnson has been seeing time at the point this week and did a good job today, dishing out 6 assists to just the 1 turnover. Johnson had little trouble penetrating and made good decisions. He showed he is capable pulling up for a jumper or finishing in the lane with a soft floater.
Backcourt partner Patty Mills scored 18points on 7/16 shooting. He also recorded 1 rebound 3 assists with 4 turnovers.
Morris Almond led the bulls with 22 points (6/12fg), converting on 8/11 free throw attempts. Big man Samardo Samuels performed well once again on his way to 13pts 9 rebs and 2 blocks.Derrick Byars was aggressive offensively but his shot wasn’t falling today connecting on just 4 of his 15 field goals attempts for 14 points.
Once again, James Johnson had little impact, playing just the 14 minutes. He would finish with 2pts 2rebs 3 assists 2steals and 6 fouls. Johnson has been one of the most disappointing performers in this year’s summer league.
Atlanta Hawks (3-2) 89 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (1-4) 83
Teague went 6/11 from the field to go with 1 rebound 6 assists (5TO’s), 2 steals and 2 blocks.
Alade Aminu has been shooting the ball better than his brother, going for 14pts (6/10FG) 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Minnesota’s Wayne Ellington shotwell again in his final game, going for 18 points (7/13fg) 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Late first rounder Lazar Hayward led the Timberwolves with 19 points (4/9fg). Hayward was effective getting to the line missing just one of his eleven attempts.
Dallas Mavericks (2-3) 85 vs. Sacramento Kings (4-2) 54
DeMarcus Cousins was awarded the T-Mobile Rookie of the month award prior to the final game at Cox Pavilion. it was likely decided upon after his 3rd game in Vegas and not his final 3 as the wheels came off for Cousins over his last three games. It was a game that he and the Kings would prefer to forget, as the Mavericks embarrased the Kings 85-54. Sacramento shot a woeful 25% and were never in the contest.
Cousins played like his mind was still on the Vegas strip and he wished he was on the bench in street clothes with teammates Tyreke Evans, Omri Casspi and Dontae Greene. He could only manage 1/12 shooting for 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal 1 block and 5 turnovers.
Maverick’s backcourt of Dominique Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois were impressive in their last game, combing for 32 points. Beaubois was particularly impressive after a poor showing in his previous game. He showed great patience and shot selection, finishing with 15 points 2 rebounds 2 assists with the 2 turnovers. His nailed all three of his long range attempts and 6/9 overall from the field.
Jones went 6/11 with 3 rebounds. He impressively dished out 7 assists without a single turnover.
Jeremy Lin finished with another solid 12 points 5 boards, 1 assist and 1 steal.
D-League Select (1-4) 76 vs Los Angeles Clippers (1-4) 75
The 58th and final game of a long week ended up being one of the most exciting. The D-Leaguers came into this game without a win and they played with a lot of pride coming back from down 20 in the second half to snatch a 1 point win on a buzzer beating 3 pointer by Mark Tindale.
Al Farouq Aminu had his high point game with 21, but struggled once again with his shooting efficency hitting just 4-13 fg. He was aggressive getting to the line and did an excellent job converting 10-11. His 3-8 3 pointers was also a positive sign. It's his midrange game and shot selection that needs work if he's to be a steady contributor for the Clips next year.
18th pick Eric Bledsoe found the going a little easier against the D-Leaguers with a nice all around game converting a high number of shots (6-10 fg) 13 pts, and limiting his turnovers (5ast to 3 to).
Mike Gansey and Curtis Withers added 15 and 14 for the D-Leaguers.