Archive for July 16th, 2012

Summer League Day 4

- July 16th, 2012

LAS VEGAS – Once again, my quick thoughts on the games I watched.

Boston vs. Atlanta —

Once again impressed with Atlanta centre Keith Benson. Benson didn’t shoot well but had 10 points and 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks. He should be a decent backup centre.

Montreal’s Kris Joseph was strong for Boston. Joseph had 14 points and got to the line five times, making all of his attempts.

Jared Sullinger had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Fab Melo had 7 points and 4 rebounds and was pretty effective, but is going to get a bad rep if he keeps arguing with the referees about every call. He’s no Kendrick Perkins.

Rockets at Kings -

Was in another gym so I did not see. Houston’s young prospects all played well, with Royce White, Donatus Motiejunas, Jeremy Lamb and Terrence Jones all filling up the boxscore. Marcus Morris had a second good game in a row.

Thomas Robinson had another tough outing for Sacramento, but Jimmer Fredette went off for 30 points.

Lakers at Heat –

Also did not see. Vancouver’s Robert Sacre had nine points, but only pulled down one rebound in 32 minutes. Norris Cole had another big game.

Cleveland vs. D-League All-Stars -

Brampton’s Tristan Thompson was held out of the game by Cleveland. Was not impressed with Dion Waiters again. Waiters shot 4-for-14. Tyler Zeller and Samardo Samuels have played well for Cleveland whenever I’ve watched them during summer league.

Ex-Knick Mardy Collins and Jerry Smith were the best players for the D-League. Smith put on a shooting show, hitting 4-of-6 from deep.

Milwaukee vs. New Orleans -

Did not see.

Minnesota vs. Los Angeles Clippers -

Everyone on the Timberwolves underwhelmed.

Eric Bledsoe looked great for the Clippers. Don’t think he’s a point guard, but he does a lot of things well.

Toronto vs. Dallas -

Covered Ed Davis and Terrence Ross playing well in my regular stories. Davis was more aggressive and his shot looked good, leading to offensive success. Ross was tired but his jumper was falling early. He didn’t attack the basket much (no free throw attempts) and couldn’t hit from deep, but still looked solid.

Ben Uzoh was better, scoring five points, adding six assists and just a single turnover, but still needs to do more if he wants to guarantee himself a job.

Dallas has some nice bench pieces. Dominique Jones (21 points) can fill it up and get to the rack and can also create for others.

Jae Crowder never stops working and Bernard James, a 27-year-old rookie had 13 points and 11 rebounds.