Summer League Day 3 — In Which the Wiz Kids Get Lost in Transition (Defense) | Wizards Blog Truth About

Summer League Day 3 — In Which the Wiz Kids Get Lost in Transition (Defense)

Updated: July 11, 2016

The Washington Wizards played the first game of Day 3 against the Atlanta Hawks in the Cox Pavilion, the smaller gym at UNLV. The crowds were noticeably smaller than the previous day, because the Lakers were not on the schedule. It was so quiet for most of the game you could hear the refs explaining calls to the players.

Bermuda Triangle

A funny thing happened during the first three quarters of Washington’s summer league game versus Atlanta. The Wizards somehow accomplished the rare feat of not sending any players to the offensive glass while simultaneously failing to get back on defense. It is a mystery what exactly the other four Washington players were doing after each Wizards’ shot.

Head coach Sidney Lowe called a quick timeout after one particularly egregious bit of miscommunication—when Jarell Eddie and Aaron Smith both picked up the ball handler on a 2-on-2 fast break, leading to an uncontested dunk.

Washington played more disciplined in the fourth quarter and made a valiant comeback, but Atlanta’s ball movement was too much to overcome. The Hawks shot 27 3-pointers—most of them uncontested—and hit 14.

Part of the problem is Lowe’s liberal use of his bench. Lowe played a 10-man rotation, which was probably a couple too many. The biggest issue was in the middle where Lowe was kind enough to give Kaleb Tarczewski 15 minutes. It was a nice gesture, but it cost the Wizards dearly. Tarczewksi was minus-13 while the much more effective Micheal Eric was plus-5.

Kelly Oubre Likes to Talk

Oubre had another solid game versus the Hawks and spent quite a bit of time talking to his opponents. He also leads the summer league in yelling “Let’s matchup on D” before every free throw. Apparently no one was listening. Oubre likes to play to the crowd and punctuated several possessions with dance moves. At one point he was called for kicking the ball and after half-heartedly arguing with the ref, he turned and shimmied to the crowd.

Pleasant Surprise in the Paint

Micheal Eric turned in another strong performance versus Atlanta’s big men. The drop off between him and Tarczewski is Grand Canyon-esque. There is no spot on the roster for the 28-year-old center, and it is questionable whether he deserves one, but he is the perfect big man for summer league—active, good hands around the rim and aggressive in the paint.

John Wall Sighting

Wall was not available to talk to the media but he did give a brief interview during the NBA TV broadcast.

Reinforcement for the Backcourt

Nate Wolters joined the Wizards summer league team for their second game, and he led the Wizards comeback before taking himself out of the game with a twisted ankle late in the third quarter. Wolters returned to the game and will hopefully carve out a bigger role in the offense, although Lowe will likely continue to use an expanded rotation.

Pam McGee Award for Embarrassing Mother

During the Toronto Raptors-Minnesota Timberwolves game, 20-year-old Bruno Caboclo’s mom put on a display that puts Pam McGee’s antics to shame, according to sources. Mrs. Caboclo sat directly behind the Raptors bench and yelled such things as, “That’s my baby!” throughout the game at embarrassingly loud decibel levels.

Beating a Dead Horse

After two summer league games this season, and a handful the year before, the verdict appears in for Aaron White. He is just not an NBA-caliber player. White may get another shot next summer but he will not be making the Wizards roster in the fall.

Former Bullets/Wizards Seen in Vegas

Calvin Booth and Brendan Haywood were spotted exiting Nobu after a late dinner at the Hard Rock. Topics of conversation over sushi likely included their time as front-court mates on the 2005-06 and 2006-07 Wizards.

Fan favorite Darvin Ham, who was just named assistant coach for the Atlanta, was in attendance for the Hawks-Wizards game.

Jared Jeffries, who hit two big 3-pointers and made a game-clinching steal in the memorable Game 6 win over the Bulls in the 2005 playoffs, is in Vegas.

Las Vegas resident Tracy Murray is a familiar face once again at Thomas & Mack Center.

Retirement Looks Good on You

Joey Crawford seems a lot more relaxed during retirement than when he was carrying a whistle during his storied career.


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Adam grew up in the D.C. area and has been a Washington Bullets fan for over 25 years. He will not refer to the franchise as anything other than the Bullets unless required to do so by Truth About It editorial standards. Adam spent many nights at the Capital Centre in the ‘90s where he witnessed such things as Michael Jordan’s “LaBradford Smith game,” the inexcusable under-usage of Gheorghe Muresan’s unstoppable post moves, and the basketball stylings of Ledell Eackles.