Today gave us our first double-header in Long Beach at the Summer Pro League. First up were the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite an uninvolved day from Hakim Warrick and star Rudy Gay sitting on the bench, the Grizzlies started out the gate in command and road a one-sided third quarter to victory 88-73. Head official Joey Crawford was on hand and there was a lot of questionable refereeing both ways with 69 total fouls between the two teams, making for a slow and torturous game. The second game was a blowout of the Washington Wizards by the Dallas Mavericks 120-99. Unfortunately I wasnt on hand to witness the second game, but Andray Blatche had a huge night with 38 points on 12 of 22 shooting and pulled down 12 boards (5 offensive). The Mavs were lead by Milwaukee pick David Noel who scored 26 points on 12 of 19 shooting, grabbed 8 boards and dished 7 assists. Impressive performances on both sides and some very serious regret on my end for missing the game.
Hakim Warrick Warrick had an off-night scoring only 8 points on 8 attempts and getting only 3 rebounds in 29 minutes of play. He had trouble getting into the flow of the game and was often uninvolved in the action.
Andreas Glyniadakis Andreas scored 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting and grabbed 11 boards. Andreas has a bit of a midrange game and a few go-to post moves that seem to be hit or miss.
Alexander Johnson With 52 seconds left in the half Alex tried to contest an Andrew Bynum dunk and landed hard on the ground spraining his right wrist. Since the half was practically over they took him into the locker room and he came back out in the second half. He seemed to reinjure it a bit though at the end of the third and was seen holding in gingerly. Even still, AJ had another excellent hustle game scoring 15 points on 50% shooting and grabbing 12 boards (6 offensive) one of which was a monster put-back dunk in traffic over everyone. Johnson is physically too big and strong for summer league competition, but it remains to be seen if that advantage translates well to the NBA.
Andrew Bynum Andrew scored 7 points and pulled down only 4 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. He only took 4 shots in the entire game and had trouble getting involved on both sides of the court. He made a couple of silly fouls and got called for some other questionable ones. Bynum tends to get frustrated and when he does he starts overplaying his man and playing more aggressive defense, which leads to more fouls. He needs to harness this energy and be more productive with it. His one real highlight was a pretty jump hook in the lane that gave us a glimpse of where he could be heading.
Jordan Farmar Talking with some of the scouts and reporters in attendance the rumor is that Farmars injury is worse than they originally let on and that hes doing a lot of taping and wrapping prior to game time. If this is the case it clearly shows in his game as he scored 10 points and turned the ball over 7 times in 36 minutes. He seems to be struggling to move laterally which not only hinders him on defense, but makes handling the ball and getting around his man that much more difficult. He went 0-5 from behind the arc, but in his defense one of those was a halfcourt shot at the end of a quarter and another was a 35 with 1 second on the shotclock when his teammate passed him the ball. He did throw a beautiful pass to a baseline cutter threading the needle for a layup and showed a pretty reverse layup and a nice finger roll.
Danilo Pinnock/JR Pinnock Pinnock scored 7 points and dished 5 assists in 27 minutes of play. He showed some nice hustle defense running back and stopping Hakim Warrick mid-break and picked up his usual deflections while defending both guard slots. He made a nice pass to Devin Green for a dunk and another time while coming down in transition he made a great hesitation move with a one-handed stutter before floating it in from the middle of the lane. Pinnock continues to show an impressively polished offensive game that many werent expecting.
Devin Green Green scored 18 points on an efficient 5 of 7 shooting and grabbed 7 boards in 28 minutes. Green once again displayed his improved mid-range game out to 20 and made some nice cuts for easy buckets. He also showed some nice hustle D running back in transition and blocking a layup off the backboard.