LAS VEGAS — Games were split between the two arenas today so didn’t see them all, but here’s what I did see:
New York vs. Phoenix:
Didn’t catch all of this one, but from what I saw, Markieff Morris looked really good. I have always preferred him to Marcus Morris. Morris had 21 points, mixed up his offensive game, grabbed some rebounds and blocked a couple of shots.
Kendall Marshall did not play.
The Suns have both Patrick O’Bryant and P.J. Tucker on their summer league roster.
Cleveland vs. Charlotte
Unfortunately, no Kyrie Irving (broken hand) or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (knee sweling, rested for precautionary reasons).
Tyler Zeller played quite well for the Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson had some good moments, 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks but didn’t stand out and Samardo Samuels was decent as well.
Dion Waiters looked as quick as advertised but struggled with his jumper for most of the night. He did lead a Cleveland comeback before pulling a Chris Webber and calling a timeout when the team didn’t have any left.
Waiters shout 3-for-11.
Kemba Walker had a hideous 2-for-11 shooting night.
Toronto vs. Miami
A horrible game. Neither team could shoot, and there wasn’t a lot of excitement. Toronto’s point guards really struggled. Terrence Ross took a lot of shots but couldn’t connect on many of them and really, Ed aAvis was probably the only bright spot for the Raptors.
Davis had an extremely effective first half, but didn’t get the ball much in the second half. He continues to look to expand his offensive game. Davis went right on a couple of post moves where he usually goes left because he says “everybody knows I’m going to go left.”
Portland vs. New Orleans
Damian Lillard vs. Austin Rivers was an interesting matchup. Both players attacked each other. I’m not sold on Rivers as a point guard, but he certainly can put points on the board (though he wasn’t doing much in this one).
Lillard struggled with his jumper early but had a huge second half, scoring 21 points and leading the Trail Blazers to a big comeback. On his birthday no less
Did not see the other games, but Dominique Jones had a big offensive game for Dallas (32 points) and Pickering’s Cory Joseph had a strong 18 point, 5 rebound, 4 assist effort.
Keith Benson is a big body who should be able to stick around with the Hawks.