In these Summer League games, it's important to see that the players who expect to be on the team this fall make an impact and be the main contributors toward wins. We saw that once again, as Glen Rice Jr. led the Wizards to a 67-59 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Rice set the tone early by scoring 13 points, on just three made field goals - all three pointers and continued to get to the free throw line at an absurdly high rate by getting to the line seven times. However, he would never get to the free throw line again after that point.
During the third quarter, the Wizards started out the game at a 35-all tie, fell behind, but then made a big 11-0 run to lead 57-47 heading into the 4th quarter which was when Rice scored even more points, including a fourth made three pointer. Rice's shooting gave people reminders of his father who was a prolific three point shooter in the NBA.
Otto Porter, who dominated Saturday's game, was not quite the same today. He still scored 13 points, but wasn't as efficient. However, the Wizards were definitely better on the court when he was on it, than when he wasn't. Porter's shot was really off in the second quarter when he went just 1-of-5 from the field. But he still made a couple nice mid range shots while getting fouled.
Lastly, I want to talk about Khem Birch, who scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and made four blocks. I really, really liked what I saw from him tonight. The Wizards need to seriously consider bringing him into training camp given what he's been doing so far.
Meanwhile, in game action, I like Khem Birch. Not sure why the Wizards didn’t just take him 46th overall. He could stick.— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) July 14, 2014
The Wizards' next Summer League game is this Tuesday, against the Miami Heat. Can't wait to see what Rice, Porter, and Birch do then.
- The second quarter was really ugly for both teams, but the Wizards only managed to score 9 points on 3-of-16 shooting from the field. If the Wolves weren't shooting poorly themselves, the outcome of this game could very well be different.
- Porter was injured late in the third quarter after getting hit in the face and poked in the eye, but he did return.
- Glenn Robinson III made a real nice putback dunk to start the third quarter right for Minnesota and it gave the Wolves a quick 37-35 lead. While it was a nice play, the Wizards made their run later in that quarter, and won the game in the end. A video of the play can be seen here.