Tonight's game against the Clippers should be more of a challenge than last night's game. For one thing, the Clippers have a lot more top-level talent than the Warriors do. Their roster features first-round picks Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe, as well as promising big man DeAndre Jordan, second-round pick Willie Warren and the ever-famous (not really) Sofoklis Schortsanitis, aka Baby Shaq. That's a very deep roster for Summer League.
For another, it'll be an interesting challenge for John Wall. Granted, anytime you have as impressive a debut as Wall did, the second game is a challenge. But tonight, he'll go up against Bledsoe, his college teammate with whom he shared a backcourt. I think it's safe to say that Bledsoe probably knows Wall's tendencies better than anyone out here. Now, the reverse is also probably true, but it'll be interesting to see how Wall responds to some familiarity.
Finally, it'll be an interesting challenge for everyone else on the roster. Nick Young is going to play tonight, and I'm guessing he'll start alongside Wall in the backcourt and relegate Cartier Martin or Raymar Morgan to the bench. (My bet is it's Raymar who sits). How will Wall bring Young into the fold tonight? Will Young adequately play off Wall, or will he break the offense too much? It'll be interesting to watch, that's for sure.
Tip time is 10 p.m. on Comcast Sports Net. A couple other notes:
- For more on Cartier Martin, scroll down. Or, just click here. I definitely had a lot of fun sitting in the locker room and breaking his performance down yesterday.
- Because I can't give up this issue, I spent some time checking out Alonzo Gee with the Spurs as they took on the Timberwolves. Gee didn't have a particularly great game, shooting just 4-12 and committing five turnovers, but he did have eight rebounds and one highlight two-handed slam in the half court. He also played pretty good defense on Wesley Johnson, something Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer noted afterwards.
- For his part, Gee didn't really discuss much of what happened in D.C., only saying that he was happy they gave him the opportunity and that he couldn't pass up going back to such a strong organization in the Spurs. I got the sense that he didn't really want to move backwards here, because in general, he clammed up a lot more in the interview than I remembered doing in D.C. Oh well. I wish him well, though I really do believe the Wizards could have had him if they were willing to make more of a commitment than the Spurs did (i.e. a guaranteed contract next year).