How will they play against a more talented Minnesota Timberwolves summer league squad? Here’s how you could watch the game tonight.
When: July 13, 2014, 10:30 PM ET
TV: CSN Washington
Otto Porter scored 25 points on 11/16 shooting to go along side 7 rebounds. Rice added 22 of his own points on just 10 shot attempts. Basically, they played as well as you could probably expect them to.
Prior to the game against the Atlanta Hawks, there was a lot of talk about whether or not Porter will finally break out of his shell and display why the Washington Wizards took him with the third overall pick in last year’s draft. Well, he did yesterday.
Porter handled the ball with confidence and didn’t force any unnecessary shots up and still ended up leading the team to a dominant win. Although his game doesn’t necessarily suit summer league, management did a great job at surrounding Porter with actual, borderline NBA talent and he benefited from it.
Maalik Wayns and Daniel Orton moved the ball very well, and Porter continued to find the open spots and eventually knocked down a ton of open jumpers. I’ve seen a few people worried that Paul Pierce would cut into Otto Porter’s minutes next season, but if he continues to knock down open shots while rebounding the ball at a high level like he showed a few times throughout the regular season, he’ll certainly get an opportunity to play.
With that said, Atlanta’s wing players were pretty underwhelming yesterday, but that won’t be the case with Minnesota.
Shabazz Muhammad is coming off a fantastic performance of his own, scoring 27 points to go along side 11 rebounds. Muhammad isn’t shy about getting shots up and Porter’s defense will definitely be tested tonight. Like Porter, Muhammad is a strong rebounder for his size and we’ll get a chance to see how Porter matches up against an aggressive wing player.
Rice will also be matched up with Zach Lavine, who was picked in the first round of this year’s NBA Draft. Lavine is arguably the most explosive guard in summer league and Rice’s defense will also be tested.
Can the Wizards make it two in a row?