NBA Summer League: Day 8
New York Knicks (2-2) 92 vs. Detroit Pistons (2-3) 80
The New York Knicks improved their summer league record to 2-2, picking up a 92-80 win over the Detroit Pistons in game 1 of day 8. New York's free agent signing Amare Stoudamire was in attendance to see Bill Walker lead the Knicks with 19 points, 4 rebs, 5 assists, 2stls and a block.
Walker got the scoring underway with a powerful baseline dunk and later would show his ability to score inside & out. He also picked up a 4 points play midway through the third quarter, being fouled on a made three.
Although Jerome Jordan ended up fouling out after picking up his 10th, he provided strong support to Walker, finishing with 16 points and 7 rebounds. His match-up with Greg Monroe made for interesting viewing.
The Knicks two second round draft picks both had solid games. Andy Rautins swished his first three but again didn’t shoot the best. He played hard though and converted a couple of fast break opportunities on his way to 9 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists, including a great look to Landry Fields for a dunk.
Fields continues to show his ability, overcoming a quiet start to officially finish with 15points 6rebs 2assits, 1 block and a steal. Fields however actually had 4 assists with the scorers somehow missing two sweet 4th quarter looks.
[Player: Greg Monroe’s] last game at summer league was also his best. exploding for 27 points (8/10FG), 14 rebounds and 2 assists. Monroe was more decisive on the block and also showed some solid post defense on Jordan. He did have a couple of sloppy turnovers however, picking up 6 for the game.
Pistons other draft pick Terrico White had a quiet game, finishing with 4pts 1reb 2ast, 1 steal and 2 blocks
Toronto Raptors (4-0) 88 vs Sacramento Kings (3-1) 82
Both the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings entered day 8 undefeated and it was the Raptors who pulled away in the final quarter to remain unbeaten in SL, taking out an 88-82 win. Toronto’s future has been on display all week here in Vegas and it was DeMar Derozan again who led his team picking up his third consecutive twenty point game, finishing with 22pts 7rebs 3 assists and a steal. DeRozan has returned to Vegas a much improved player and has been one of the best here this week.
First round pick Ed Davis played strongly for his 17 points and 7 rebounds. He was also a big factor defensively, swatting 5 shots. For the second time this week, David left a larger hand print on the glass attempting a block. Today he was successful pinning a Cousins shot against the backboard.
Sonny Weems has had bigger games this week but still finished with 19 points and 5 rebounds. He also committed 5 turnovers. Second rounder Solomon Alabi was solid off the bench for his 8pts and 5 rebounds. He showed good patience on one post move, faking Cousins and ensuring he shot over the help of Hassan Whiteside.
Dontae Greene led Sacramento’s scoring off the bench, scoring 20 points on 6/18 shooting.
DeMarcus Cousins could quiet replicate his last performance, fouling out midway through the final quarter and committing 6 turnovers. He would still finish the game with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists. His shot selection improved in the second half after going 0/10 in the first, mostly on fade ways. He continues to show his passing ability, finding Whiteside on a nice high-low play. He also had a behind the back bounce pass to Whiteside.
Whiteside himself continued to show comfort making the 15 foot jump shot. He is a force defensively, swatting 3 shots to go with his 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Washington Wizards (4-0) 90 vs New Orleans Hornets (0-4) 89
A 22 foot buzzer beater from Lester Hudson kept the Wizards 2010 SL perfect. Craig Brackins nailed a three with 2.9 seconds left to give the Hornets a one point lead. Out of the timeout, Hudson received the inbounds pass from John Wall and drained the shot from the top of the key as time expired.
Facing a double-digit deficit in the third quarter, it was an 18 point explosion from Wall however that brought Washington back in the game. The lethal combination of Wall and JaVale McGee made things difficult for New Orleans with McGee again exciting the crowd with several highlights, including a strong candidate for the best dunk of the SL.
After a lethargic start to the game, Wall came to life in the second half finishing with 31points (10/23), 6 rebounds, 3 assists (2TO’s) and 3 steals. His transition game is fun to watch and he also thrilled the crowd by throwing down a Hudson pass of the backboard in transition.
McGee ended the game with 29 pts (13/16FG) 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. Hudson also contributed 14pts, 3rebs and 2 assists in addition to his game winning buzzer beater.
Trevor Booker only managed six shots for the game, converting only two. He did show his ability to put the ball on the floor from the high post and finish with both hands. He finished with 7points and 5 rebounds.
Hornet’s rookies Craig Brackins and Quincy Pondexter had solid games in the tough loss. Pondexter (16 pts, 5 reb) threw one skip pass into the 5th row on his way to 7 turnovers, however he rebounded well and initiated the break effectively. He also got to the line converting on 7/8 attempts.
Brackins ended the game with 11 points and 5 rebounds. He hit was what nearly the game winning basket as well. The Hornets got significant bench production from both Aubrey Coleman (15pts 4 rebs) and Kyle Hines (15 points 14 rebounds).
Cleveland Cavaliers (3-0) 81 vs Chicago Bulls (1-2) 80
Third year power forward JJ Hickson continues to head the "what are they doing here" team as he leads all scorers in Las Vegas at 24.3 ppg. His game high 21 helped the Cavs stay undefeated at 3-0, topping the 1-2 Bulls by a point. Hickson is showing nice ability in the open floor as well as finishing.
Pooh Jeter might lack size but his game is plenty big. His 20 points on 6-13 and 7 assists to 2 turnovers shows that he's one of the more exciting and polished floor generals in the event.
Undrafted rookie bigman Samardo Samuels held his own squaring off with Hickson leading the Bulls in scoring with 19 pts (6-10 fg) and 9 boards.
Bulls point guard John Lucas had 15 points but struggled from the floor hitting just 4-12.
Minnesota Timberwolves (1-2) 66 Memphis Grizzlies (3-1) 65
The Minnesota Timberwolves recorded their first win of Summer League, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 66-65 in a tight battle to end day 8. Wayne Ellington led the Timberwolves with an equal game high 25 points. Ellington is one of the better shooters in Summer league but went just 10/24 from the field today. He also collected 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Former North Carolina forward Deon Thompson contributed a solid double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Thompson came up big late in the game, blocking a shot by DeMarre Carroll and winning possession for his team with 25 second left in the game.
[Player: Patrick O’Bryant] put up 11 point 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks.
The Grizzlies were led by Sam Young who finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Young has several impressive plays including a reverse dunk on one of his drives.
First rounder Greivis Vasquez ran the offence well but took a couple of bad shots on his way to 13 points on 4/11 shooting. He also added 5 assists (4 turnovers) and 1 rebound. He connected on a three on the final buzzer to make it a 1 point game.
Hasheem Thabeet came back down to earth after his eye popping stat line yesterday. He only managed 6 points from his 7 field goal attempts. He also grabbed 8 rebounds and blocked 3 shots. His former Connecticut teammate Jeff Adrien did his best to get noticed, contributing 10 points, 14 rebounds, 1 steal and a block.
Miami Heat (3-1) 78 vs Milwaukee Bucks (0-4) 58
The leading scorers in this one were [Shavlik Randolph] (18) and Micah Downs (21). Let that sink in for a minute.
Downs was the lone bright spot for Milwaukee with a breakout performance tallying 21 on 7-10 shooting.
Randolph utilized his polished scoring ability around the basket and shooting touch to do his damage for a team leading 18 on 6-12 fg.
Bucks rookie Tiny Gallon really struggled going 1-6 from the floor in 20 plus minutes for just 3 points.
Milwaukee first rounder Larry Sanders went for 14 pts, 8 reb and 5 blk.but his shooting numbers were not very good, 5-14. He remains a work in progress offensively but continues to show a lot of promise.