Before we get to the Wizards, Golden State rookie Anthony Randolph just threw down a sick one-handed tip jam right in front of me. See it.
As for the Wizards, they won 72-69 over Cleveland tonight to improve to 1-2 in summer league play. It wasn't pretty and several players had rough games including second-year guard Nick Young (five points on 1-of-9 shooting) but Andray Blatche played his best game of the week and the Wiz pulled it out in the end.
-One key tonight was the Wiz taking better care of the basketball. They turned it over 43 times in the first two losses but only 10 tonight.
-The bad news is that they continue to get killed on the boards and the one flaw in Andray's game tonight was that a few boards got away from him as well. Tonight the gap favored Cleveland 43-32. Rookie JaVale McGee (11 points on five-of-12 shooting with four rebounds and two blocks) has the length and athleticism to be a rebounder but that wasn't a huge part of his game in college and it hasn't been a natural part of his game yet this week either. He's raw but talented no question.
Blatche, who was solid in losses to Portland and Philly, was the most active player on the floor and finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. He made 8 of 17 shots and generally looked like the best player on the court, which of course, he should be given that he's going into his fourth season and has an edge in experience if not age on most of the guys out here.
Andray, who asked to come to summer league and earns extra special credit from me for wearing a Twins cap after the game tonight: "That's what I came out here for, to get some wins and to work on my game and my conditioning while playing a lot of basketball. Cleveland, they got us again in the playoffs last season, so tonight, it was important for us to come out, play hard and win this game."
-More Andray, who played a team high 28 minutes and worked hard doing it: "The main thing is conditioning. My conditioning has been my biggest default. So, I felt that if I came out here and worked real hard, it would help me get ready and more prepared for the season."
-Young has not been able to get into a flow offensively all week and that's a problem given that right now, he's a one-dimensional guy. He's a scorer. His passing, defense, rebounding and everything else needs a lot of work.
-Folks keep asking about free agency and particularly want to know about SF Matt Barnes, who has been with Golden State the last two seasons. Barnes is still out there but the word is that teams are going to wait him out and get him at a good price. The Wizards, who have only around $1.5 million left under the luxury tax threshold, are interested but the guy is obviously is not going to be thrilled about taking a lot less than what he made last season (he had a $3 million base salary and also may have hit some bonuses). Again, he could be a guy that is out there for awhile and eventually picks the best fit and the best deal he can land.
-Oh to be a Maloof brother. The Kings' owners pulled up courtside with a pair of lovely ladies rigth as the Wiz and Cavs got going. And they own a casino. Not bad huh?
-Patrick Ewing Jr. is playing right now for the Kings. Patrick Ewing Sr. is sitting about 15 feet from me watching his son play. Pretty cool.
-The Wiz had a nice group of fans sitting behind their bench tonight. It was a noisy crew and challenged the Warriors for the best support of the day.
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