The Reaction: Wizards Summer League Game 4: Surviving Selby With A Rebounding Barrage
The Wizards handled, but escaped the Memphis Grizzlies in their fourth summer league game, an 83-77 win. TAI’s Adam McGinnis, Markus Allen, Arish Narayen, and Kyle Weidie take you through The Reaction, but first…
The play of the game: Jeremy Pargo smoothness to Mitchell Watt for the dunk, and-1.
I was all set to nominate Chris Singleton MVP due to him having one of his best active games in recent memory when all of sudden: Shavlik Randolph started pouring in buckets and crashing the boards. The former 76er finished with an impressive 16 points and 15 rebounds in just 21 minutes. And overall, Washington obliterated Memphis on the glass (56-22, 23-7 offensive), and Shavlik Randolph’s boarding efforts played a major role in the destruction. He had just as many offensive rebounds, seven, as the entire Grizzlies team. He even showed off his shooting range by knocking a long corner jumper. His game sure is ugly, and he appears to travel on almost every offensive move, but you have to shower the big man with praise for the beautiful results in the victory.
—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)
The point guard play from Shelvin Mack and Tomas Satoransky resulted in a combined seven turnovers, five assists, and just 13 points on 12 field goal attempts. Mack once again had trouble dealing with defensive pressure — Memphis’ Jeremy Pargo often hounded him into loose ball handling and, on several occasions, turnovers. Mack had five of the Wizards’ 25 turnovers, which give him 16 total to 12 assists over four summer league games. Satoransky, on the other hand, did not look comfortable running the offense, and he had the worst play of the night when he got caught by the rim on a fastbreak dunk attempt. It seemed like Satoransky targeted his fellow countryman, Jan Vesely, more than any other player, and in doing so made poor decisions distributing the basketball — performances like that just won’t cut it. On this night, Bradley Beal and Steven Gray were better options at the point.
Washington’s rebounding. As someone who spent many hours at the Comcast Center, heckling the crap out of Duke men’s basketball players from 2004-2008, I never thought it would come to this. I never thought I’d praise any of those players in a public space, mainly because I’m worried a fellow Maryland alum would light a couch on fire outside my place. Nevertheless, Shavlik Randolph and the rest of the Wizards’ Summer League team should be lauded for their yeomen’s work on the glass. Randolph tallied 16 points and 15 rebounds, with most of his scoring coming on putbacks around the rim. Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely added 10 and 12 rebounds, respectively, and Washington was plus-34 in rebounding margin. In related news, the Memphis quartet of Deon Thompson, Mitchell Watt, Jon Kreft, and Xavi Rey appeared wholly disinterested in gaining post position and boxing out. Perhaps that’s because the four of them combined for only 13 shot attempts while Josh Selby went HAM. Or, perhaps they were anticipating a Lapdance Tuesday in Vegas.
That was … The Josh Selby Show.
The HAM: Baltimore’s Josh Selby dropped 35 points on 21 shots for the Grizzles (7-for-8 from 3-point land), combined with Jeremy Pargo’s night (16 points, seven assists), and gave the Wizards’ defense fits, especially against the pick-and-roll.
Sam Cassell: “I’ve been knowing Josh Selby since a kid. He always had a knack for scoring the basketball — he being from Baltimore, so I know a lot about the kid. Hey, we did a decent job by trying to contain him, but he made some tough shots. He made some tough 2s, made some 3s, he’s one heckuva player.”
Bradley Beal on Selby: “I mean, he’s been like that since high school, just the way he can shoot the ball, and he can attack off the dribble, too. So it’s real hard to guard him. One person just can’t guard him, honestly. You have to try to find ways to try to run him of the line, and he had like 35 points on us today. I didn’t do such a great job on him. There were a few possessions where I did, but I think overall I’m just glad we got the win. It was important”
Cassell on Beal’s defense versus Selby: “It’s a whole new process for him. In college basketball, no one ices* in college basketball. Like I told him, in this league, you can have some great defense and a guy still makes a shot, you know… Hey, they get paid, too, to play the game of basketball.
* “Icing” when defending the pick-and-roll; for more, see this post by John Schuhmann on hangtime.blogs.nba.com. Shelvin Mack didn’t ice the pick-and-roll all that well in the video clip up top.
—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)
John Wall once again sat courtside and was constantly encouraging his teammates, mostly Shelvin Mack:
“Attack Shel!” [said just about every opportunity to push the ball]
“Keep running the team, Shelvin. You good.”
And, after the nice post move and dunk by Jan Vesely against Memphis’ Jon Kreft, Wall encouraged Jan to keep taking the ball baseline.