First, here's some bad news. If you found out about this just now, the Wizards lost Trevor Ariza to free agency, as he decided to sign a four-year contract with the Houston Rockets. But here's the good news. Otto Porter led the Wizards Summer League team to a 90 to 74 victory over the Hawks.
So how well did he do? For the game, Porter scored 25 points in the game, added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. But how he got those points was also impressive. Porter got into a groove early, where he made the first basket in the game and got two assists before three minutes went by.
Then in the third quarter, Porter alone scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Hell, he even went a little Martell Webster on us and made a four-point play with 3:53 left. This helped turn around a 41-35 halftime deficit into a 62-51 lead after Porter's four point play.
If there was ever a day to call him Otto-matic, this is that time.
In addition to Porter, Glen Rice was really aggressive this game, scoring 22 points, and made 14-of-16 points at the free throw line. I don't think he'll always be getting as many free throws as he did, but I really liked the aggression he showed while on the floor.
Among the remaining players, I liked the athleticism that Khem Birch displayed, where he scored 8 points, blocked two shots, and also made a monster dunk in the third quarter. Daniel Orton grabbed 8 rebounds, and made some nice passes, including a no-look assist to Porter during his monster third quarter. However, Orton also had four turnovers, so that needs to be cut down.
The Wizards have started Summer League on the right foot, but there won't be much time to celebrate, as they face the Minnesota Timberwolves at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
- The second half of this game was really great, and it's even better than both Porter and Rice were major contributors to that. However, we didn't see that kind of basketball in the second quarter, where the Wizards committed seven turnovers. Those turned into 10 points for the Hawks, not to mention that they outscored the Wizards 24-12 in that period.
- Porter was asked about Ariza's departure right after the end of the game. He called it "great news, but bad news" and went on to say that he considered Ariza a mentor.
- Al Harrington is one motivational coach.
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) July 12, 2014
Coach Al Harrington offering instruction to Glen Rice Jr.: "Dunk his a$$!" #wizards
Still weird seeing Coach Al Harrington. Just ran over to instruct everyone on the end of the bench— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) July 12, 2014