Las Vegas Council: Rice & Porter Spur Wizards to Classic Summer League Victory in Triple-OT
Kyle Weidie and Rashad Mobley break down Washington’s fifth summer league game, a thrilling triple-overtime win over the Spurs, 95-94, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA Summer League tournament. The Wizards will play the Sacramento Kings in the semifinals Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV.
Optics on Otto.
Otto had plenty of open looks in the first quarter, and for a majority of the second, but he was getting mixed results in the scoring department. His first two shots were true, and then he proceeded to miss six of his next seven attempts from the field. Toward the end of the first half, when the Wizards were struggling on both ends of the floor and down by 17 points, Otto came through with a three-point play, and then a runner to cut the lead to 10 points.
In the second half—including the first two overtimes—Porter was content to let the game come to him (aka stay out of Glen Rice’s way). He hit the open shot when the opportunity presented itself, and he hustled on defense. On one occasion Porter blocked the shot of Spurs’ forward Kyle Anderson and then had the presence of mind to throw the ball off of Anderson so the Wizards could retain possession. Midway through the fourth quarter, he took an outlet pass from Rice, led the fast break, and then found Rice wide open for a 3-pointer, which gave the Wizards the lead.
It was in the third and final overtime period when Porter decided to take over on both ends of the floor. He scored five points, grabbed a rebound, and contested Anderson’s shot as the game clocked expired (the NBA TV crew said Porter blocked the shot, but he was not given credit for it in the official box score). He also missed a free throw and committed an ill-advised foul, which could have cost the Wizards the game, but he overcame that. Porter was the Pippen to Rice’s Jordan on Saturday night—he played the supporting role perfectly.
—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)
STATS on Otto: 27 points, 10-22 FGs, 2-5 3Ps, 5-7 FTs, 5 rebs, 3 asts, 1 blk, 2 TOs
The Rice Report.
Fearlessness and forgetfulness—Rice displayed both on Saturday night in Las Vegas as part of his continued growth.
With the game slipping away from Washington, down four with 70 seconds left in the second overtime, Rice hit a tough 3-pointer over an encroaching Bryce Cotton and a frustrated Vander Blue. They didn’t know what to do with the guy. Just look.
The Wizards, down 87-88, then forced a miss from the Spurs and Rice did what he did all night (and has done all summer league): attack. He earned a chance to put the Wizards up one with 37 seconds left from the charity stripe. But Glen Rice didn’t need San Antonio’s charity, apparently. He missed both free throws.
Frustration set in, seen across the country through the television screen. Sam Cassell, perhaps not a Wizards assistant coach for much longer, was on the case. Cassell talked up Rice, got his head and confidence up, and drew up the last play for him. San Antonio’s Kyle Anderson had hit a shot to put his team up 90-87. The Wizards had the ball with 4.9 seconds left.
The play called for the 6-foot-7 Jamil Wilson to dribble to the right corner and find Rice for the game-tying buzzer-beater in the right corner. Amazingly, it worked.
Otto Porter took over in the third overtime and the Wizards escaped with a win. Don’t tell them this summer league game was meaningless. The tournament format, in its second year, along with Saturday night’s game being one of the all-time summer league classics, helped Glen Rice learn one very important lesson: a couple missed shots are not the end of the world, young fella.
No need to cry over missed free throws, especially when you can make San Antonio’s eyes water up with a tear drop.
Did I mention…?
- Rice is leading the 2014 summer league in scoring at 25.2 points per game; the only other time a Wizard has done that was John Wall in 2010 (23.5 ppg).
- Rice’s 36 points against the Spurs tied the fifth-highest Vegas summer league mark (Anthony Morrow’s 47-point record is still in tact), and tied the Wizards all-time summer league high—Nick Young scored 36 for Washington in 2009.
—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)
STATS on Glen: 36 pts, 11-21 FGs, 6-10 3Ps, 8-13 FTs, 11 rebs, 4 stls, 3 asts, 3 TOs
Other Wizards Leaguers.
Jamil Wilson is going to get paid. Not sure by who, and not sure it will be in the NBA, but he’s certainly opening up the eyes of scouts near and far. First, let’s check out Wilson’s game-saving block against San Antonio’s Jeff Ayers with four seconds left in the third overtime—the basket would’ve put the Spurs ahead by one point.
Wilson finished his college career in 2014 after three seasons at Marquette (he spent his first season at the University of Oregon). He shot 32.7 percent from 3-point land as a senior and 36 percent as a junior. He has knocked down open 3s during this summer league (5-for-9) but has shot just 42.4 percent from the field overall. Wilson isn’t the best rebounder and lacks lateral quickness, but he has a diverse set of skills and could make a name for himself if he solidifies his 3-point shot and improves on defense.
Late in the second overtime, Sam Cassell trusted Wilson to create a game-tying, buzzer-beating chance for Glen Rice. (At least that’s how the play panned out, whether or not that’s how it was drawn up.) Nonetheless, very nice creation on Wilson’s part, who finished with six points, three rebounds, two assists, and two turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench. Let’s watch his pass again…
David Aldridge bragged about Daniel Theis in a “he’ll be getting a paycheck from someone” manner during game four against Miami. Theis continued to deliver, and more, against the Spurs on Saturday. He scored 10 points to go with eight rebounds, five blocks (and six fouls) in 22 minutes off the bench. He’s deceptively athletic—no, not in a ‘he’s a white guy’ type of way, but in the way where he surprisingly takes up space under the rim for a guy listed at 215 pounds (6-foot-9). Theis also pulled this Dirk-esque move off on the baseline—no, not making the comparison because Theis is also German, but because the move really looked like one of Dirk’s.
Point guard Maalik Wayns missed his second summer league game due to a sore left knee and has left the team. Deonte Burton, who has started the last two games at the point, continues to struggle. Burton is 2-for-16 from the field (9 pts.) with six assists to eight turnovers over 80 minutes of summer league action. Kim English, 3-for-13 from the field (11 pts.) with two assists and five turnovers, hasn’t done much as a wing guard. Kwame Vaughn, 4-for-11 on field goals (13 pts.) with eight assists and seven turnovers, has been the best out of the bunch, but Vaughn still isn’t an option to handle the ball that seems to enthuse Sam Cassell.
—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)
What Happened: The Game
Early in the first quarter, it appeared as if the accelerated pace of the game favored Washington. Rice and Porter were able to get their shots off wherever and whenever they wanted, and the Wizards led 14-9. Then Rice came down with a bad case of hero ball, Porter starting missing shots, and their supporting cast was unable to generate any offensive fluidity.
Spurs guard Vander Blue scored on a driving layup to give them a 47-30 lead over the Wizards with 2:20 left in the second quarter. Sam Cassell, who had the magic touch all night (more on that later), called timeout and promptly went Bobby Knight on his team.
Post-timeout, Otto Porter led the Wizards by scoring five points. His team turned up the intensity on the defensive end, and they cut the Spurs’ lead to 49-39 going into halftime. After halftime, Rice got hot, Porter was solid, and even Daniel Orton hit free throws and rebounded. The Wizards went on a 26-4 run after Cassell’s second quarter timeout and vaulted themselves right back into the game.
The two teams went back and forth during the first part of the fourth quarter, but the Spurs began to pull away while Porter and Rice rested on the bench. At 73-69 San Antonio, Cassell called a timeout, got Rice and Porter back in the game, and they fought back to give the Wizards a chance to win. But rushed shots and poor offensive execution meant the game was going to overtime.
Washington appeared to have the first overtime period won, but then Daniel Theis committed a bad foul that gave Austin Daye two free throws, which promptly landed Theis a seat on the Wizards’ bench (Cassell would later be seen telling a dejected Theis not to worry about it). After Rice missed two free throws and San Antonio’s Kyle Anderson hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, it looked as if the Wizards were going to lose the second overtime—especially after they appeared to be clueless about what play to run. Another perfectly-timed Cassell timeout saved the day.
Cassell drew up a play, and then made it his business to pull Rice, who was visibly sulking, to the side for a pep talk before play resumed. The Wizards ran the play, Jamil Wilson threw a perfect cross court pass, and Rice nailed the buzzer-beater to send the game into a third overtime. In the final session, Rice took a back seat as Porter brought the Wizards home to victory.
Rice did the bulk of the scoring and Porter was the wing man, but this victory had Cassell’s fingerprints all over it, which is rare for a coach in summer league play. He gave pep talks to sulking players, he berated his team when they appeared to be giving the game away, and now Cassell has his squad one game away from the summer league finals.
——Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)
Question: Does Otto Porter need water?
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