Day Four of the Las Vegas NBA Summer League provided us with seven games, but there was one game specifically that piqued the interest of Pinkie Nation, and that was the Wizards/Clippers showdown that featured John Wall and Eric Bledsoe. You would have thought that the Bledsoe/Wall match-up would have been the storyline for NBATV entering the game, but it took them nearly five minutes to acknowledge the two former Kentucky guards going at it. Not even back-to-back spectacular plays by Wall and Bledsoe, less then 30 seconds into the game, brought this to Joel Meyers or Kevin McHale’s attention. Poor job by NBATV’s media relations department.
They came back from a commercial break at the 5:26 mark of the first quarter and it was the first time they mentioned the fact that Wall and Bledsoe played in college together. Meyers even referred to the game as the “Wildcat Classic”. How do you not mention this earlier? I don’t get it. A hilarious comment from McHale followed as they were talking about the five UK players being drafted in the first round. He was talking about Daniel Orton and said, “You have got to be kidding me” when he found out that he was going entering the draft.
It was the debut for Bledsoe as Wall was coming off of a 24-point performance in his debut yesterday. The Wizards rolled to an 89-64 victory, but let’s be honest, no one was really looking at the score.
All night long, both players showed signs of excellence and then would follow that up with a preventable turnover. Something you have to expect at this point. Bledsoe, more specifically, showed the ability to get to the rim whenever he wanted. But, it was his decision making at the rim that raised questions.
Wall was on the court for just over 27 minutes, scoring 18 points on 5-for-12 shooting. He was 0-for-2 from deep and 8-for-8 from the line. He also had 10 assists, 8 turnovers, 5 steals and 1 rebound. Bledose finished with 17 points in just over 33 minutes of action. He was 6-for-15 from the floor and 5-for-8 from the line. He did not pull from beyond the arc. He had an impressive 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 10 turnovers. 18 turnovers combined and this can be credited to both of them forcing things.
Wizards’ four-year guard Nick Young had 18 points as well and Wall found him multiple times open at the wing. He finished 4-for-7 from deep.
“I can shoot, I brag about making shots in practice with him (John Wall), and he has a lot of confidence in me, and it hurts when I miss,” Young said of playing with John Wall. “But John is a good guy, we need a point guard like that.”
DeMarcus Cousins also made his Summer League debut on Monday and he impressed as the Kings crushed the Pistons, 97-68. Other than watching Big Cuz, I also enjoyed watching Joe Dumars getting fatter in live action. Also, I enjoyed listening to Drake every single timeout. I get the fact that it is the No. 1 CD in the country, but how does the NBA only have one CD in their CD players?
Back to Boogie. I’m sick and tired of all of the negative comments about D-Cuz’s maturity and mentality. The kid is going to be strait beast. You just don’t see 6-11 guys with the touch and the footwork that he possesses. He is going to be good. Real good. He finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in just over 26 minutes of action.
Edgar Sosa played for the Pistons, scoring 6 points and dishing 2 assists in 18 minutes. Former WKU grad A.J. Slaugher also suited up for the Pistons and scored 10 points in 7 minutes. Former Pinkie favorite, Dionte “Floyd” Christmas, had 4 points for the Kings.
Earl Clark 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 turnovers in the Suns’ 96-88 win over some D-League players,
Former Louisville Cardinal Derrick Caracter continued his strong play in the Lakers’ 71-63 loss to the Knicks. He had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. It wasn’t all roses, however, as he committed 8 fouls and turned the ball over 8 times. 8 turnovers for a big man is not easy to do.
Randolph Morris started for the Hawks and scored just 2 points and pulled down 1 rebound in 14 minutes. The Hawks fell to the Grizzlies and O.J. Mayo, 89-85.
Tuesday, Patrick Patterson and the Rockets face the Raptors at 6:30, and DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings fight it out with Derrick Caracter and the Lakers at 8:30. Also on Tuesday, former Card Samardo Samuels will hit the floor as part of the Chicago Bulls summer league squad. We’ll have recaps on all the action tomorrow.
One way for NBATV to improve their coverage is to hire this Spanish reporter…UH YUMP!!! Oh to be the goalie for Spain’s World Cup winning squad.
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