For the fifth time in five games, the Wizards were in a closely contested Summer League game that came down to the final minutes, and for the fifth time in five games, they were on the losing end. The Wizards lost to the Timberwolves 80-73 on Friday afternoon, finishing their Summer League campaign 0-5.
Washington started out well, racing out to a 15 point lead in the first half, fueled by a balanced scoring attack from Sheldon Mac, Michael Young, Jared Cunningham, Marcus Keene, and Danuel House. But after scoring 51 in the first half, the Wizards only mustered 22 in the second half. Part of that was simple regression after a hot first half, and some of it was because Washington emptied out their bench to let some end of the bench players get an opportunity to play.
Washington finishes as the only team to go winless in Summer League competition. The Jazz, the only other winless team in the Las Vegas Summer League, picked up victories in the Utah Summer League held earlier this month.
Good shooting for Mac early
Sheldon Mac isn’t going to be running the offense as much as he did in Las Vegas, so it was good to see him show off some of his off-ball skills in this one. He made a pair of threes and was much smoother with keeping the ball moving when his shot wasn’t there. He didn’t get a lot of playing time in the second half, but all in all, it was an encouraging performance for Mac, even though the numbers weren’t eye-popping.
Danuel House finally channels his 2016 self
House parlayed a strong performance last summer into a contract with the Wizards. He hasn’t had the same success this time around. He went 1-12 from the field in the two games he played. But House finally got back to his 2016 form in this one, scoring 13 points in just 19 minutes on only 5 field goal attempts. He also had 5 rebounds.
It’s too little, too late for House in terms of earning a roster spot for next season, but a performance like that should help him stay on the Wizards’ radar, if nothing else.
Devin Robinson is very athletic
This is why you give someone a two-way contract to develop:
#WizSummer pic.twitter.com/slZGhkazcK— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) July 14, 2017
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One last Marcus Keene highlight for the road
The 2017 college basketball scoring champ (30 PPG), Marcus Keene drains the buzzer beater at #NBASummer!@WashWizards 51 / @Timberwolves 39 pic.twitter.com/EwriPvPLYU— NBA (@NBA) July 14, 2017