HoopsHype.com Articles

Flynn shines, Dragic bombs
by Bill Ingram / July 14, 2009

Jonny Flynn - Steve KylerGAME 1: Minnesota Timberwolves (0-2) 91, NBADL Select Team (1-0) 96

STUDS: Jonny Flynn may be a little undersized at the point – his 6’0” listing is extremely generous, but his quickness and court vision were on display in the first game of the day. His 12 points and 14 assists were impressive, as was the shooting of backcourt mate Wayne Ellington, who scored a game-high 22 points on 8-14 shooting. Ellington needed a strong showing after going 2-for-12 in his first summer league game.

Oleksiy Pecherov looked winded at times, but he certainly filled the stat sheet, recording 15 points and 10 rebounds while hitting 3-of-4 from three.

The D-League Select team really had a nice second half after trailing by 10 at the half before outscoring the Timberwolves 30-10 in the third. Othyus Jeffers and Gary Forbes scored 20 points apiece and Coleman Collins scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Gerald Henderson didn’t play today, and a Timberwolves spokesman told HOOPSWORLD he may not play much in the games. Henderson, who is a Charlotte Bobcat, is really just here to practice with the team.

DUDS: Bobby Brown was supposed to be a real find for the Sacramento Kings last season, but his stock has fallen off significantly. Today’s performance didn’t help him, as he went 1-for-6 and committed four fouls in 14 minutes.

Trey Johnson for the D-Leaguers scored 12 points in 26 minutes but shot just 4-12 from the field.

GAME 2: Dallas Mavericks (0-3) 90, Phoenix Suns (1-0) 95

STUDS: The Dallas Mavericks don’t have a legit center on their roster. Keep that in mind when you read what’s next: Robin Lopez dominated the inside with 24 points and 16 rebounds; he even blocked two shots. Alando Tucker also has a nice showing, with 15 points and five rebounds. Zabian Dowdell came off the bench for Phoenix to score 15 points, dish five assists, and grab four rebounds, while Carlos Powell chipped in 13 on 5-for-8 shooting.

For the Mavericks Roddy Beaubois had another solid game before leaving with a thigh contusion in the closing moments, but still led the team with 16 points and really did a nice job of distributing, as well. If his teammates had better hands he’d have had more than his three assists. Shan Foster had 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting and Aaron Miles had 13 points and five assists off the bench.

DUDS: Goran Dragic is supposed to hold the future of the Suns in his hands, but from what we saw today it’s a good thing Nash is close to a contract extension. Dragic went 1-for-7 from the field, 1-for-3 from the line, and had as many fouls –three – as points in 16 minutes. Luke Jackson continues to get playing time for the Mavs, but was just 1-for-4 from the field in 20 minutes of action. Nathan Jawai got the start at center for Dallas, but only lasted 14 minutes before an ankle injury claimed him. He was 0-for-5 with six fouls in that time.

GAME 3: LA Clippers (1-0) 93 vs. LA Lakers (2-1) 82

STUDS: There’s absolutely no doubt who the best player in the Las Vegas Summer League is, even though he’s played in just one game. Blake Griffin could do no wrong (aside from miss his first four free throws) as he pummeled the Lakers with a 27-point, 12-rebound performance. He did a little bit of everything, from screen rolls on the perimeter to “Dream Shake” moves in the post. Griffin connected on 11 of his 15 shot attempts and even drilled a three.

Eric Gordon fed off of Griffin well, scoring 21 points and hitting 11 of 12 from the foul line. He also had three steals. DeAndre Jordan came off the Clipper bench to score 16 points and grab nine rebounds – 8-of-9 from the field.

The Lakers continue to run their entire offense through Adam Morrison and he continues to deliver, scoring 20 points to lead LA. David Monds added 16 points off the bench and Alan Anderson chipped in 10. Don’t judge Tony Gaffney on the boxscore today – he hurt his tailbone in the Lakers’ first game and is really struggling to get back to form.

DUDS: Taylor Rochestie (0-for-3 in 18 minutes), Aron Baynes (0-for-3 with five fouls in nine minutes), and Chinemelu Elonu (2-for-6 with nine fouls trying to guard Griffin) all get the dudder for the Lakers tonight. Kevinn Pinkney was the only Clipper who got major minutes and didn’t contribute at all, managing just 1-for-4 shooting and four fouls in 13 minutes off the bench.

GAME 4: Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) 87 vs. Toronto Raptors (1-2) 92

STUDS: The Blazers want Jerryd Bayless to work on facilitating this summer, and he did a solid job of trying to do that while also leading his team in scoring. He finished with 22 points and seven assists, and while he had six turnovers, they had as much to do with teammates not handling good passes as they did with Bayless making bad plays. Dante Cunningham was very good with 21 points and nine rebounds, and Jeff Pendergraph recorded 12 points and nine boards.

On the Toronto side DeMar DeRozan continued to impress, with 15 points and six rebounds. He can’t shoot from distance, but that mid-range game is solid. Quincy Douby was their leading scorer with 20 points off the bench, while Roko Ukic was solid again with 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He did commit five turnovers and commit five fouls trying to keep up with Bayless.

DUDS: Thomas Gardner started in the Blazers backcourt with Bayless and went 0-for-8 from the field. Demetris Nichols started for Toronto and managed to hit just 2-for-6 and score four points in 25 minutes of action.

Game 5: Detroit Pistons (2-1) 69 vs. Golden State Warriors (2-1) 97

STUDS: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry needs to work on his shot selection (7-for-19), but he definitely has star potential. He scored 23 points, dished four assists and came up with five steals in leading the Warriors to a blow-out win. Anthony Randolph had another stellar game with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks; Cartier Martin chipped in 18 points, and Anthony Morrow scored 17 points and grabbed six boards. Conner Atchley had his best game of the summer league with seven points and four rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.

On the Pistons side things weren’t so good. Jonas Jerebko scored 16 points and Jeremy Pargo added 13, but the starting unit for Detroit was dismal as the team shot just 36% from the field and committed 19 turnovers for 25 Warriors points.

DUDS: Austin Daye and DaJuan Summers have been very good to this point, but today they both wind up on the Duds list. Daye scored 11 points but hit just 5-of-14 from the field, while committing eight fouls and eight turnovers. Summers hit 3-of-11 from the field and missed four of his seven free throw attempts while also committing 10 fouls. Sean Singletary went 0-for-5 from the field with just two points. Truly a night to forget for a Pistons team that hadn’t lost in their first two tries. Joe Ingles still isn’t finding his niche with the Warriors and despite getting 18 minutes of action was just 0-for-3 from the field.

Game 6: Milwaukee Bucks (3-0) 91 vs. Sacramento Kings (0-3) 86

STUDS: This game was very much a battle of the point guards, and while Tyreke Evans put up some nice numbers, he didn’t look to distribute much at all. Think Allen Iverson. The boxscore is deceptive, showing 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Evans, but he also had seven turnovers and attempted 19 free throws. He wasn’t looking for his teammates at all – especially late in the game. Marcus Landry, brother of Houston’s Carl Landry, continues to look good. He had 13 points and six rebounds.

Meanwhile, Brandon Jennings was having trouble scoring the ball, but was truly showing leadership on the court tonight. He had a couple of sweet passes to Amir Johnson right at the rim, and finished with 14 assists to go with 13 points and seven steals in guiding his team to a win. Joe Alexander finally found his touch, scoring 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting and Jodie Meeks had another strong outing with 20 points on 8-for-12.

DUDS: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has been good to this point, but struggled with just three points and five fouls in 30 minutes. Of course, he only got four shot attempts (see: Tyreke Evans). Jason Thompson struggled, connecting on just 3-of-10 shots and piling up nine personal fouls and six turnovers. Again, the ineffectiveness of the Kings’ big men had a lot to do with their point guard’s selfish play.

Bill Ingram has been covering the NBA for twelve seasons and is Executive Editor for HOOPSWORLD.