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You gotta love when the point guard is tipping in the center's missed 3 pointer at the buzzer. The Summer League: Where reversing conventional basketball wisdom happens. My thoughts from this especially strange game are pretty disorganized, so enjoy some bullet point thoughts.
- If you've never understood why we have such a man-crush on Dominic McGuire, just watch the tape from tonight. Taser was all over the place, crashing the boards, getting putbacks, and doing all the other things that make us love him so. His statline tonight: 18 points (9-13 from the field), 11 rebounds (6 offensive), 3 assists, 2 blocks.
- Nick talked with Ivan before the game about forcing things too much in the first three games. Tonight, I think he went a little too far to the other end and seemed too tentative for most of the game, but he came through nicely in the closing minutes.
- JaVale didn't do a whole lot offensively tonight, but I like that he pulled in 6 boards in 15 minutes of work. Granted, the Rockets were a little short up front with Joey Dorsey sitting this one out, but I'll take it.
- While I'm thinking of it, I just want to give a shout out to Joey for all his help in this one. Couldn't have done it without you Goliath!
- I don't know if Dominic has been working with Caron or not this summer, but I've noticed that he's been using that mid-range pull up jumper that Caron relies on a lot this week. If he can get that to be half as automatic as Caron has, he'll be getting a lot more playing time this season.
- I know that some of you are starting to panic about the Dee Brown signing. He hasn't done a whole lot so far and tonight he was replaced by Dontaye Draper in the starting lineup. I wouldn't get too upset just yet. Let's not forget that he's still learning the offense and he's primarily just trying to leave the playmaking to the guys who know the system. He'll have the rest of the summer to catch up. I'll take his six rebound performance (including the tip!) in the meantime.
- There hasn't been a lot to quibble with in regards to Andray's play in Vegas, he's been playing at the level you would expect from a fourth year player. I'm slightly disappointed that he's not averaging more than 7.3 boards per game, but that's my only quibble. He's still isn't there quite yet, but he's still coming along and it's clear that he hasn't plateaued. I'll take it.