The brickfest is finally over.
After much anticipation, the Washington Wizards failed to live up to expectations and eventually fell 56-52 to the Golden State Warriors. Here are some Bullet Points:
- Otto Porter came out strong. He knocked down to jump shots right out of the gate, but just couldn’t find his rhythm once the pace started to pick up. Porter moved well without the ball, played exceptional defense, but couldn’t get anything going on the offensive side of the floor. It certainly didn’t help that Washington doesn’t seem to have any competent point guards on their summer league roster. Porter made just 3 of 13 shot attempts and finished the game with 7 points. Instead of settling for the jumper, Porter should try to attack the basket or work in the post more often. He’s versatile enough to do so, but I’m sure the coaching staff will address their concerns. I wouldn’t get too concerned, especially since this was the worst summer league game I’ve ever watched.
- If there’s one thing that we learned today, it’s that Glen Rice Jr. isn’t afraid to shoot. Rice shot the ball virtually every time he touched it. Since this is summer league, I wasn’t too upset at his shot selection. He also displayed some of his unnoticed athleticism after throwing down a spectacular dunk down the lane.
- Jan Vesely seemed a lot more confident than we’re used to seeing him. He hit a few fall away jumpers (yes, you read that correctly) which got him going offensively. Vesely knows his limits, but that didn’t stop him from remaining aggressive. He also contributed on the defensive side with a few blocks.
- Perhaps the most interesting part of the game was when John Wall joined Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr on the broadcast. Wall spoke a bit on Porter and the dynamics he’ll bring to Washington, but he also spoke about his off-season. To my surprise, Wall said that he’s been working out with Kevin Durant and Kevin Love this off-season, which is certainly good news. Bradley Beal was also in attendance with Wall.
The Wizards and Warriors scored a combined 108 points, which the lowest total in Summer League history.
Washington will have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow afternoon against the New York Knicks.