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2010 NBA Las Vegas Summer League Recap: Day 3

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Game 1

Denver Nuggets 100 def. New York Knicks 90

Andy Rautins – NY: Didn’t shoot the ball as well as he’d like and got into a little foul trouble, but he looked active in his first NBA action and the shot should start falling. 11 points on 4-11 shooting and nabbed 3 steals.

Landry Fields – NY: Really solid and efficient showing for the wing out of Stanford in his first summer league game. 13 points on 6-8 shooting with 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

Game 2

Portland Trail Blazers 84 def. Houston Rockets 67

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Luke Babbitt – POR: Looked solid in his debut for the Blazers. Really versatile offensively. He can hit it from the outside or just as easily attack the basket. Gets up and down the court very easily at 6’9. Put up 13 points on 5-9 shooting.

Elliot Williams – POR: DNP

Armon Johnson – POR: Really quick guard and college teammate of Luke Babbitt, Johnson was really active in this one. 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. He fell to the second round and guard play is already pretty heavy in Portland, but we think he has a good chance of making the final roster.

Patrick Patterson – HOU: Patterson struggled in this one as he couldn’t get the ball to go down, going 0-5 from the field. Showed his value in other ways, collecting 7 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. We know he can be an efficient scorer, but his percentage dropped off a cliff after that impressive first day.

Ishmael Smith – HOU: Really quick and gets into the lane almost whenever he wants, but the lack of confidence in his jump shot hurts his overall game. There are plenty of times when he gets the ball open at the perimeter and he just won’t let it fly. It’s nice he recognizes his limitations, but it doesn’t help open up the paint either.

Game 3

Washington Wizards 84 def. Golden State Warriors 79

John Wall - WAS: The number one overall pick started off slow in this one, but he definitely picked it up and looked really impressive. When he was on the court, almost everything went through him as he commanded his squad. Really fast with the ball, but also looks smooth and poised. Shot the ball well after his shaky start and made all but one of his 11 free throws en route to scoring 24 points. Dished out 8 assists but had 8 turnovers to go with it. He can be somewhat turnover prone and he’ll have to work on getting that under control over the rest of summer league.

Trevor Booker – WAS: Solid first outing for the forward out of Clemson, putting in 9 points on 4-4 shooting. Was really active on the defensive end as well, nabbing 3 steals and blocking 2 shots. He’s under sized, but the guy can battle down low.

Jerome Randle – WAS: The inconsistent shooting continued from Orlando in relatively limited minutes behind John Wall. Is pretty quick and he’s got really good handles, but we’ll see how much time the small guard can get playing for this team in summer league

Game 4

Miami Heat 77 def. New Orleans Hornets 72

Dexter Pittman – MIA: The big man out of Texas struggled in this one, going 0-4 from the field with 3 turnovers. Depending on what Miami can do with the rest of free agency, Pittman might need to be a presence for them early. That field goal percentage would go through the roof when he’s putting up cleanup baskets and easy dunks playing with Miami’s new big three.

Jarvis Varnado – MIA: Nothing amazing and was foul prone throughout, but otherwise nothing to complain about. 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Jon Scheyer – MIA: Didn’t shoot as well as everyone knows he can, but nailed a clutch 3 and hit free throws at the end to seal this game up for the Heat.  With Miami’s new situation, it’s tough to tell who they’ll bring in. But with limited money, it wouldn’t surprise us for them to sign a shooter like Scheyer to a minimum contract.

Quincy Pondexter – NOH: Jump shot wasn’t falling for him and he went 3-12. If you saw his college numbers though, you shouldn’t be too worried since Pondexter was one of the most efficient wing scorers last year for Washington.

Craig Brackins – NOH: Both rookies struggled with their shot in this one as Brackins went 3-9. However, this guy still looks impressive with his overall game. Good athleticism and has a good face up game with a smooth looking jump shot.