After failing to pick up their first summer league win yesterday afternoon against the Golden State Warriors, the Wizards fell to 0-2 against the New York Knicks in another lackluster game. Here are the Bullet Points:
- Otto Porter looked assertive right out of the gate, but faltered as the game got going. For some odd reason, Porter isn’t knocking down the shots we’re used to seeing him hit with regularity. He played very good defense, got his hands on loose balls, and leaked out in transition. When Porter isn’t contributing offensively, he’ll always find a way to do the little things which impact the game. He hit just 4 of his 13 shot attempts, but as he gets comfortable, we’ll likely see his scoring totals rise. Sundiata Gaines and the rest of the Wizards’ point guards have struggled mightily, which certainly doesn’t help Porter’s transition into the next level. Let’s not push the panic button. Porter will be just fine.
- Unlike some of Washington’s past gunners, Glen Rice Jr. has some other tools which he brought to the table against the Knicks. We’re used to seeing guys like Nick Young and Jordan Crawford continuously take ill-advised shots, but Rice seems to be more than just the prototypical chucker we’re used to seeing. He’s certainly not bashful about shooting the ball, but Rice helped in the rebounding department, grabbing 5 boards, 3 of which were on the offensive side of the floor.
- Jan Vesely was the star of the show. Confidence was always Vesely’s Achilles-heel, but we’re finally getting to see a glimpse of why he was the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Instead of shying away from the ball, there were moments where Vesely asserted himself and took command on the court. Scoring 10 points to go along side 10 boards, there were times where Vesely looked like the best player on the floor. He tipped away balls, got offensive rebounds, and showed the energy we’d like to see during the regular season.
Washington will have another shot at victory on July 16th against the Denver Nuggets.