Otto Porter Jr. took the night off and with that, so did the Wizards chances of advancing in the newly formatted Vegas Summer League. Washington apparently used up all their magic in the third game of the Summer League, playing the Grizzlies slightly better than their first two performances but nowhere near the output of their game against the Nuggets on Tuesday night.
Otto Porter Jr. was sidelined by a lingering hamstring injury and the three players Washington needed to step up weren’t able to carry the load.
Individually, Chris Singleton had his best performance of the Summer League but offensively disappeared after the first 10 minutes of play in which he scored the majority of his points. I’ve been pretty hard on Singleton all summer and that’s frankly because I expected more out of him. Last year he stated publicly that his goal was to be the MVP of the league, so this year I expected him to have the strongest Summer League by virtue of his tenure and ability, which has to be hiding somewhere. You need to show up and show out with more than averages of 11PPG, 6RPG, and 5 personal fouls in 30 minutes of play.
Jan Vesely had a pretty good game but was up and down at times, and got flat out beat on defense on numerous occasions. Shooting percentage was encouraging and the rebounds came up from the previous game but six turnovers and five fouls isn’t going to cut it when your team needs you to be the best player on the court.
Finally, Glen Rice Jr. had a shooting performance he’d probably like to forget about all together. The one time I agreed with Isiah Thomas during the broadcast was when he said a struggling Rice has to know when to take a couple steps in from 3-point land and shoot a closer shot or pass the ball off all together. The numbers may tell a different story because GRJR had a couple nice dunks and shots made during garbage time but it was an off night for him, and with Porter out, Washington couldn’t overcome it.
As a team, I was really disappointed with the lack of box outs and there were way too many lulls in the game at points where it was just boring to watch. The Grizzlies were credited with 20 offensive rebounds but that does not give enough credit to the way they simply outworked Washington in the paint.
And just like that the Wizards hopes of bringing a championship trophy ended to a winless, listless Memphis Grizzlies squad. I told Wizards fans on Tuesday night that Memphis would be led by Jack Cooley, and he did just that, right into the second round of the tournament and forcing Washington to checkout of their hotel a couple days earlier than every Wizard fan would have wanted.
The Wizards will end Summer League play on Friday at 630pm against the New Orleans Pelicans, led by Doc’s son Austin Rivers. It’ll be interesting to see how Jan and Chris leave fans thinking about them for the next couple months.
Box score courtesy NBA.com
|Memphis Grizzlies (1-3)|
|field goals rebounds|
|J. Franklin||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|D. Hobson||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|J. Leuer||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|42.0%||30.8%||78.3%||team rebs: 10||total to: 21|
|Washington Wizards (1-3)|
|field goals rebounds|
|G. Rice Jr.||G||21:02||5-13||1-5||3-4||-2||0||2||2||3||5||1||1||1||0||14|
|J. Boone||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|K. Dillard||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|L. Jackson||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|O. Porter||DNP – Coach’s Decision|
|M. Sutton||DNP – Coach’s Decision|