REAX Game 1: Wizards Lose Opener in Lowest Scoring Game in Vegas Summer League History
That was … familiar.
LAS VEGAS — If you were looking for a new and improved Jan Vesely or Chris Singleton, you’ll have to wait until next game. In what is supposed to be a make-or-break offseason for the duo, Vesely and Singleton displayed the exact same games that led the third-year players to Vegas.
Vesely hit a short jumper and a turn-around early, and blocked several shots throughout, but he committed too many fouls (6), showed no initiative on offense and lost several 50/50 balls.
Singleton’s usual uneven offensive game was on display with several out of control drives and lost dribbles with a few nice mid-range jumpers thrown in.
If they were rookies, you might think they have promise. But as third year players, it’s all too familiar.
—Adam Rubin (@LedellsPlace)
LAS VEGAS – Rebounding and blocked shots… Sure, the game was sloppy, the shooting percentages bad, and for some Wiz Kids, unassertiveness and first-game jitters reared their ugly head. But rebounding and effort were more than present, and the aggressiveness of “veterans” Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely helped set the tone. Washington out-rebounded Golden State 38-32 in the loss, and Vesely led the way with seven, Otto Porter pulled six (in an otherwise poor outing), Glen Rice, Jr. was especially impressive, tying Vesely with seven boards. And the blocks? Center Vesely turned-back three shots (changed more) and cohort Singleton rejected two.
—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)
Glen Rice, Jr. Last year’s MVP in the D-League Finals made a nice first impression in his Vegas debut. Rice scored eight points to go with seven boards, one assist, one block, and one giveaway. Rice struggled a bit from the field (3-for-12 from the field, 2-for-7 from 3), but you won’t hear many complaints about his shot selection in this one.
Rice finished with a plus-3 plus/minus (behind College of Charleston guard Andrew Lawrence, who was plus-5 in just over six minutes) and had the team’s lone highlight of the game: a monster, one-handed jam in the fourth quarter after freezing Kent Bazemore with a pump fake.
—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)
Otto Porter, who finished with game’s worst plus/minus (-10) in 30 minutes of run.
Nah, Sundiata Gaines. The veteran point guard who started for the ‘Zards was the real goat. He was ba-a-a-a-ad.
Gaines looked out of sorts from the opening tip and stunk it up with three points (1-for-5 from the field, 1-for-4 from the line), four boards, one assist, but three turnovers in 20 minutes. Gaines was replaced by Andrew Lawrence midway through the third quarter and was never seen, nor heard from, again… For the best, really.
—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)
LAS VEGAS – Glen Rice, Jr. I came into Summer League fully expecting to tout the Glen Rice, Jr. experience and was not disappointed by my decision to scrape up the remnants of the Andray Blatche bandwagon for the newest second-round pick I am a probably a bit too excited about. Rice backed up my expectations, being decisive on the offensive end of the floor (without being the ball hog that was a concern) and had the sickest dunk in a fairly pedestrian affair. More important was his ability on the defensive end where his rebounding proved vital against Golden State’s collection of primarily D-League talent. Defense gets you playing time on a Randy Wittman team and that level of effort is going to get sizable minutes going forward.
—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)
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