Archive for July 14th, 2012

Summer League Day 2

- July 14th, 2012

LAS VEGAS —  No Raptors games to report on, but here’s what caught my eye on Day 2 from Las Vegas:

The biggest news of the day was Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving broke his hand – hitting a wall in frustration according to Yahoo!’s Marc Spears, and is out 6-8 weeks.

That ruins my plans to enjoy watching a stacked Cleveland summer league squad featuring Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller. C’est la vie.

Keep in mind that summer league doesn’t mean much and all performances must be taken with a bucket of salt, but standout players on Day 2 included:

Klay Thompson – Golden State

Thompson’s a good one, a draft steal. A scoring machine with a pretty shot, has toyed with competition in two games so far, to the point that Golden State has shut him down for the rest of the summer league. Nothing more to see out of him.

Harrison Barnes – Golden State

Cooled down considerably from his great debut. Shot just 5-for-17 and took some plays off, but the talent is clear.

Charles Jenkins – Golden State

Shot 9-for-12 from field for 24 points carrying the Warriors

Festus Ezeli – Golden State

Rookie big man had 11 points seven rebounds and three blocks along with only two fouls. Looked solid.

Tony Wroten – Memphis

Rajon Rondo-lite lived up to that rep, stuffing the stat sheet with 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a couple of steals. His shot looked far better than advertised.

Josh Selby – Memphis

Never was the college player everyone expected, but still has great talent. Scored 20 points hitting five from downtown.

Jan Vesely – Washington

Sophomore’s jumper continued to look much better on Day 2 and he was finishing his dunks, unlike earlier.

Marcus Morris – Houston

Invisible in the opener, but looked a lot better here, except for when he wwent to the line.

Jeremy Lamb – Houston

Took it to the rack, drawing six free throw attempts in the first half alone. Was locked in and showcased his elite scoring instincts.

Robert Sacre – Los Angeles Lakers

North Vancouver’s finest had a strong outing for a bad Lakers team. Sacre had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds

APB OUT ON:

Brad Beal and Donatus Motiejunas

At least in the first half. Neither impressed, combining for 1-for9 shooting in the first half.

MEH

I’m a big believer in Thomas Robinson, but he’s had a tough couple of games. To his credit, as I saw at one of the Final Four games, Robinson can get off to a terrible start and still post decent numbers by the end. This time, the Sacramento rookie was brutal early, but ended up with 14 points, 12 rebounds and four assists (though he shot just 3-for-13 and 8-for-13 from the line).