As they say, all good things must come to an end. This tweet Mike put out there indicated that:
During the Vegas Summer League, we have seen Glen Rice Jr. show a lot of his best basketball, and his shot was falling more quickly than not. Today, he started off forcing his shots, and only went 1-of-6 from the field. Yes, he had a hot stretch in the third quarter where he scored 11 points to help turn around a 45-24 halftime deficit into a manageable 58-48 game heading into the fourth quarter. They even got the lead down to seven early after Jarell Eddie made a three. But the Kings scored six straight points from there, and the Wizards couldn't get the lead below double digits from that point on.
In this game in particular, we also Rice face adversity, and I didn't like what I saw. He was visibly frustrated at times when he wasn't getting fouled every time he attempted a shot. He also got tangled up with Eric Moreland and fortunately didn't get another at this moment in the fourth quarter after getting a technical foul earlier in the game:
All this seemed unnecessary between Glen Rice & Eric Moreland. https://t.co/UvbunuAUQy— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) July 21, 2014
Rice ultimately scored 24 points in the game. Otto Porter added 16 more, and they didn't get too much help from anyone else not named Eddie. The Kings on the other hand had four players score in double figures, with MarShon Brooks scoring all of his 14 points in a critical 27-13 second quarter run which made the deficit insurmountable for the Wizards.
So, this game certainly leaves us a bad taste in our mouths, given that they now are going home.
But let's also keep in mind that we came into Summer League, hoping and expecting that both Porter and Rice would be able to play at a high level, and contribute to the team's wins. They delivered on those metrics. And Mike's got some early grades for you to consider:
Let's also keep in mind that the Kings have a roster with multiple players who will be on an NBA roster this fall. The Wizards don't, so their run was impressive in its own right.
In summary, it is a bummer to see that we won't be able to see our Wizards play again until this October. But at the same time, I leave NBA Summer League feeling pretty encouraged by what both Rice and Porter showed over these last six games. Hopefully we'll see them do this again on the regular once the games count in the standings.