The last 24 hours have been about as exciting as any for a Washington Wizards fan during the offseason, at least in recent memory. Otto Porter went Otto-Matic and dominated in his first Summer League game this season.
And even though we said goodbye to Trevor Ariza, we welcomed Paul Pierce with open arms overnight.
In a BIG WAY!
Now, the Wizards face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves in their second Summer League game, and it's time to build on that 1-0 record in Vegas. Here's a quick preview:
Where and when? Game will be at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas at 10:30 p.m. ET
Will it be on TV? The game will be on Comcast SportsNet, and also online through NBA Summer League Live. There is a fee for that however.
Any players of note on Minnesota's roster? Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, and Alexey Shved were on the Wolves' 2013-2014 team. Their first round pick, Zach LaVine and second round draft pick, Glenn Robinson III are also playing. And though he wasn't drafted in June, former Georgetown basketball player Markel Starks will be on the team as well.
How did they do in their first Summer League game? The Wolves lost to the Mavericks, 93-85 on Saturday. Dieng and Muhammad had double doubles in points and rebounds. In addition, LaVine and Shved scored 13 and 14 points, respectively.
Who wins? I'll say that the Wizards have a good shot to get this one. But to win, they must limit their turnovers, and other players on this team besides Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr. must step up. Daniel Orton is out due to injury, so another low post player must step up as a rebounder, and as a scorer:
Daniel Orton (strained right calf) will miss tonight's #WizWolves Summer League game #WizSummer2014— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) July 13, 2014
But if Porter can continue to play like he did yesterday, and some other players step up tonight, then the Wizards should be victorious.