VIDEO: Cassell on Porter & Rice: ‘Their swagger, you can see it from miles away’
The second and third quarters, however, got a bit sloppy. The Wizards committed eight turnovers in the second and 12 in the third, getting outscored 46-36 over those two periods. Washington also lost the fourth quarter, 23-17, but held on for the 85-83 win—only five turnovers by the Wizards in the final period, but 28 total to just 11 assists. Miami’s Shabazz Napier missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer off of Washington’s final turnover.
Nonetheless, a relatively successful effort from Rice (24 points on 14 shots, seven rebounds, four assists) and Otto Porter (19 points on 13 shots, seven rebounds, one assist), despite six turnovers from each of them.
Sam Cassell spoke with the media afterward and doled out some select cuts on Porter and Rice. The full video is below; game recap via Adam Rubin and Rashad Mobley to follow.
On Rice and Porter’s improvement at this summer league:
“Their swagger, you can see it from miles away. They feel that they’re the best two ball players on the court, and it shows.
“Sky’s the limit for those guys. They just got to keep working, keep believing in our system, keep putting forth the effort.”
On what Rice has shown so far:
“He ain’t hurting himself, I’ll tell you that much. He’s opening eyes—just not for our team but around this league—that he can play the game of basketball.”