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Rice scores 24 but Wizards bow out to Kings to Summer League semis

Posted on 21 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Recap: Kings 74, Wizards 62

The Sacramento Kings (5-1) earned a spot in the Samsung NBA Summer League Championship with their convincing 74-62 victory over the Washington Wizards (5-1) Sunday at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. Sacramento used a 39-10 run that spanned the first and second quarters to outdistance itself from Washington to earn its fifth straight victory in Las Vegas.

The Kings will square off against the Houston Rockets (5-2), who are also riding a five-game winning streak of its own, in Monday’s title bout at 6:00 pm.

Trailing 7-4, Sacramento scored six straight points to turn the game’s momentum in its favor. Nik Stauskas, the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, got things going — a 14-4 run — with a game-tying 3-pointer moments before Quincy Acy sank a go-ahead free throw. The Kings wound up outscoring the Wizards 10-4 the remainder of the period.

Sacramento kept the pedal down in the second as its lead grew to as much as 26 points — 43-17 — with a 25-6 run that lasted the initial 7:29 of the stanza.

In all, the Kings had nine different players contribute at least two points in the massive 39-10 outburst. Stauskas (five points), Acy (two), Eric Moreland (two) and Ray McCallum (five) combined for the first 14 points that sparked the first-quarter offensive. MarShon Brooks scored 14 in the second quarter alone to couple with 11 more from a combination of Jared Cunningham (three), Ra’shad James (two), Brendan Lane (two) and Ben McLemore (two).

Sacramento took a 21-point lead into intermission and maintained a healthy distance until Washington rattled off a 19-5 run to pull within seven in the early stages of the fourth quarter. The spurt began with 5:11 remaining in the third and the Wizards trailing by 21. Otto Porter (seven), Glen Rice Jr. (five), Jarell Eddie (five) and Daniel Theis (two) combined to pull their team within single digits for the first time since early in the second frame.

That seven-point margin was the closest Washington would get to Sacramento as the lead grew to as much as 17 midway through the final stanza.

Sacramento was paced by a quartet of players in double figures. Brooks paced the team with 14, while McCallum added 11 to 10 apiece from Acy and Cunningham. Moreland, who had six points, led all players with 12 rebounds — 10 of which came on the defensive boards.

Rice Jr. had a game-high 24 points for the Wizards behind an 8-for-23 day from the field. He sank one 3-pointer and made all seven free throws.

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Wizards’ Rice Jr. named NBA Summer League MVP

Posted on 20 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Rice, Jr. named MVP, leads All-NBA Summer League team

Official release

LAS VEGAS – Glen Rice, Jr. of the Washington Wizards was unanimously named Most Valuable Player of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014, while nine additional standout players highlight the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First and Second teams, as selected by a panel of media members. The summer classic has featured 24 teams competing in a total of 67 games over 11 days and will culminate tomorrow night in the Championship game between the 14th seeded Houston Rockets and the 8th seeded Sacramento Kings. The Championship game will air live on NBA TV at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

Rice, Jr. played in six games in Las Vegas, helping the Wizards advance to the semifinals of the Samsung NBA Summer League tournament and secure a 5-1 record at the event. He averaged a league-leading 25 points on .469 shooting, to go along with 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals.

Rice, Jr. is joined on the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team by Wizards teammate Otto Porter, along with Chicago Bulls Doug McDermott and Tony Snell and Donatas Motiejunas of the Houston Rockets.

Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), Tim Hardaway, Jr. (New York Knicks), Jordan McRae (Philadelphia 76ers), Russ Smith (New Orleans Pelicans) and T.J. Warren (Phoenix Suns) make up the Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 has featured a tournament-style schedule for the second consecutive year, with the Golden State Warriors having won the inaugural championship in 2013. Each of the participating teams played three games apiece between July 11 and 15 before being seeded in the tournament, which tipped off on July 16 and will run through the championship game on July 21.

The Samsung All-NBA Summer League teams are listed below.


Samsung NBA Summer League Most Valuable Player
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Glen Rice, Jr. — Washington Wizards

 

Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team

Doug McDermott — Chicago Bulls
Donatas Motiejunas — Houston Rockets
Otto Porter — Washington Wizards
Glen Rice, Jr. — Washington Wizards
Tony Snell — Chicago Bulls

 

Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team

Rudy Gobert — Utah Jazz
Tim Hardaway, Jr. — New York Knicks
Jordan McRae — Philadelphia 76ers
Russ Smith — New Orleans Pelicans
T.J. Warren — Phoenix Suns

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Wizards top Spurs in 3OT to advance to Summer League semifinals

Posted on 20 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Recap: Wizards 95, Spurs 94 (3OT)

It took triple-overtime for the Washington Wizards to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 95-94 in the final quarterfinal game of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014. The Wizards (5-0) will take on the Sacramento Kings (4-1) on Sunday in the semi-finals. The Spurs went 4-2 in the summer desert classic.

With 36 seconds left in the game Vander Blue hit a three-point jump shot to tie the game at 81, neither team would score in the final seconds forcing overtime to decide the game. Austin Daye connected on a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds left in overtime to tie the game at 84. Glen Rice Jr. hit a three at the buzzer to force triple overtime.

Rice scored a game high 36 points and pulled down a team high 11 rebounds for the Wizards while Otto Porter scored 27. Austin Daye scored a team high 27 points for the Spurs while Bryce Cotton added 16.

In the opening quarter of play the Spurs earned a one-point lead, 21-20, after trailing by as many as five early in the quarter. Daye and Green powered the Spurs offense with six points apiece while Porter led the Wizards with eight.

The Spurs blew the game wide open when they went on a 20-1 run and led by as many as 17 in the second quarter. The Wizards answered with a 9-2 run to end the quarter, San Antonio took a 49-39 lead at the half. Daye continued to lead the Spurs offense with eight points in the quarter while Kyle Anderson added five. Daniel Theis tallied six for the Wizards.

Washington answered back in the third with a 17-2 run of their own in the period and finished up 63-61. Rice scored 12 points for the Wizards while Porter added five. Deshaun Thomas and Cotton each scored four for the Spurs.

The two teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter, neither team leading by more than four points. The quarter featured seven lead changes and was tied up twice. Rice led the Wizards with seven points while Blue added seven for the Spurs.

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Wizards top Heat, advance to Summer League quarterfinals

Posted on 18 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Recap: Wizards 78, Heat 67

The Washington Wizards (4-0) remained unbeaten in Las Vegas at the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 with a 78-67 triumph over the Miami Heat (2-3) Wednesday evening at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion. Washington, who led the entire first half, had to fend off a pesky Miami squad that owned a one-point lead — 68-67 — with as little as 2:17 remaining in regulation.

The Wizards, the fourth overall seed, advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals of the championship bracket and will face the #12 San Antonio Spurs (4-1) at 7:00 pm in the Thomas & Mack Center. The Heat, on the other hand, will square off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-1) in the consolation round Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Cox Pavilion.

Washington was able to open up the contest with a 10-point lead — 14-4 — through the initial 7:27 with help from Glen Rice Jr., who had seven of those points. Nine seconds later Miami’s Shabazz Napier nailed a 21-foot jumper to cut the deficit to eight. From that point forward the score remained in single digits until the Wizards got a pair of free throws from Daniel Theis to push the lead to 10 and 11 points in the affair’s final seconds.

The second half witnessed 14 lead changes and 10 tied scores with the largest lead being four points until Washington reeled off an 11-0 run to end the game in the final 1:31.

Rice Jr. and Theis racked up double-doubles in the game with the former using a combination of 22 points and 10 rebounds to the latter’s 10 and 11, respectively.

Otto Porter rounded out Washington’s trio of double-digit scorers with 14 points to go along with six boards.

Miami’s Justin Hamilton led the squad with 15 points and was one rebound shy of collecting his own double-double. James Nunnally and Napier contributed 14 points apiece.

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Rice scores 24 to lead Wizards past Heat in Summer League

Posted on 15 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Recap: Wizards 85, Heat 83

The Washington Wizards (3-0) remained perfect through their first three games at the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 with their triumph over the Miami Heat (1-2) Tuesday evening at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. Washington jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead just 17 seconds into the contest off a layup by Otto Porter and never looked back en route to the 85-83 decision.

After taking that initial lead, Porter, Glen Rice Jr., Khem Birch and Daniel Orton combined to score 26 more points against six from Miami to stake Washington to a 22-point cushion at 28-6. Rice Jr. led the quartet with 12 in this run that spanned the majority of the opening period. Birch and Porter had five points apiece, while Orton had four of his own.

Rice Jr., who led all scorers with 24 points in the game, owned the first quarter with 16 points behind a 6-for-7 showing from the field.

Washington maintained a comfortable double-digit lead until the waning moments of the third quarter when Danilo Barthel sank two free throws to pull Miami within eight — 68-60 — after 30 minutes of play.

With two minutes left to play, the Heat pulled within four points — 82-78 — on a dunk by Tyler Johnson.

There were two occasions when the contest was as close as one possession with 11 seconds or less remaining in regulation. Tyler Honeycutt sank a free throw to cut the deficit to three points, but the Wizards’ Jamil Wilson countered that make with one of his own to push the lead back to four.

With six seconds on the clock, James Nunnally sank a 20-foot jumper to pull Miami within two at 85-83. The Heat pressed Washington following the basket and subsequently forced Porter to make a turnover on a bad inbounds pass. Bathel corralled the miscue and dished over to Shabazz Napier who was open on the left elbow. Unfortunately, Napier’s potential game-winning 3-point attempt didn’t have enough distance and floated out of bounds.

Besides Rice Jr.’s game-high point total, the Wizards also got double figures from Porter and Wilson, who had 19 and 10, respectively. Birch accounted for 11 of the team’s 47 rebounds.

Miami’s offense was paced by 22 points from Nunnally, who sank four 3-pointers and was 7-of-9 from the field. Honeycutt had 11 points to go along with 12 rebounds — 10 of which came on the defensive end — for the game’s only double-double. Johnson rounded out the trio with 17 points.

(Recap courtesy of NBA)

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 14 July 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Phoenix Mercury (Tuesday 10pm from Phoenix live on ESPN2), Washington Mystics @ Los Angeles Sparks (Thursday 10:30pm from Los Angeles live on WNBA Live Access); WNBA All-Star Game (Saturday 3:30pm from Phoenix live on ESPN); MLS: Chivas USA @ DC United (Sunday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet/Univision); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Jim Miller (Wednesday 9pm from Atlantic City live on Fox Sports 1), UFC Fight Night Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao (Saturday 3pm from Dublin live on UFC Fight Pass)

10. Artscape (Friday-Sunday Mount Royal); Flip Orley (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); The Purge: Anarchy“, “Planes: Fire and Rescue” and “Sex Tape” out in theaters (Friday); Rio 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Artscape is so much better when Robert McClintock is involved. For example,

I’ll bet “Sex Tape” is horrible, but it doesn’t change how much this appears to be a nice scene.

9. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/Kelly Bell Band (Friday 7:30pm Artscape), Ozomatli/Galactic (Saturday 5:30pm Artscape), Anthony Hamilton (Sunday 6:30pm Artscape); New Edition (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena Sunday 8pm Verizon Center); Queens of the Stone Age/St. Vincent (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Fall Out Boy/Paramore/New Politics (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), O.A.R./Phillip Phillips (Saturday 5pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Queen + Adam Lambert (Sunday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Fray (Wednesday 7pm Wolf Trap), Straight No Chaser (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Huey Lewis & The News (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Lionel Richie/CeeLo Green (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Better Than Ezra (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); The Bacon Brothers (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Bret Michaels (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage), Dennis DeYoung (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Lyfe Jennings (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), De La Soul (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Puss N Boots (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club); Edwin McCain (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); B.B. King (Thursday 8pm Warner Theatre); Ben Folds (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Veruca Salt (Monday 8pm Black Cat); John Hiatt/Robert Cray Band (Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Rise Against “The Black Market”, Jason Mraz “Yes!”, Bleachers “Strange Desire” and “Weird Al” Yankovic “Mandatory Fun” available (Tuesday)

Sharon Jones is a DAMN fine Artscape headliner. Maybe the best since Robert Randolph.

Ozomatli is also quite good at the music stuff.

The guy with two hands up? He’ll be at O.A.R. Saturday night.

And when it comes to guys who have the same first and last names (or close enough), I’ll take Phillip Phillips over Cam Cameron.

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Rice leads way as Wizards top T-Wolves in Summer League play

Posted on 14 July 2014 by WNST Staff

The Washington Wizards downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 67-59 in the final game of the day in the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 played on the campus of UNLV.

Glen Rice Jr. came out of the gate on fire scoring 13 of the Wizards 26 first quarter points on 3 for 3 from three-point range and connecting on four -of-seven from the charity stripe. Washington held a 26-21 advantage after the first quarter of play due to Rice’s sharp shooting. Zach LaVine and Alexey Shved combined for 12 of the Timberwolves 21 points.

Both teams cooled off in the second quarter and the game was tied at 35 at the end of the half. Minnesota held Washington to just nine second quarter points. Washington finished the half 12-of-29 while Minnesota finished 11-of-32.

Rice and Jamil Wilson combined for 14 third quarter points for the Wizards and sparked an 11-0 run late in the quarter and to take a 10 point lead, with just over a minute to play in the quarter Minnesota stopped the run on a pair of free-throws made by LaVine. Washington held a ten point lead, 57-47, at the end of the quarter.

Both teams will take Monday off and will return to close out pool play on Tuesday, the Timberwolves will take on the Houston Rockets at 1:30 p.m. in the Thomas & Mack Center while the Wizards will take on the Miami Heat at 3:30 p.m. in the same venue.

(Recap courtesy of NBA)

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Rice, Porter lead Wizards past Hawks in Summer League play

Posted on 12 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Recap: Wizards 90, Hawks 74

Glen Rice Jr. and Otto Porter combined for 47 points as they powered the Washington Wizards to a 90-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on the second day of play in the summer dessert classic in Las Vegas.

The Wizards trailed by as many as eight points in the game and were held to just 12 points in the second quarter. However, the second half was all Wizards as they outscored the Hawks 55 to 33.

Porter led all scorers with 25 points for the Wizards while Adreian Payne chipped in a team-high 12 points for the Hawks.

The Wizards held a 23-17 lead after the opening quarter of play. The Hawks struggled out of the gate connecting on just one basket in the first eight minutes of the quarter. Mike Muscala and Walter Tavares both tallied four points for the Hawks in the quarter while Rice chipped in eight for the Wizards.

The Hawks closed the second quarter on a 6-2 run and held a seven point lead, 41-35, at halftime. Atlanta’s offensive output was driven by Larmar Patterson who chipped in eight points and Steven Holt who added five. The Wizards were held to just 12 second quarter points.

The third quarter was all Wizards as they fought back and tied the game up at 47, at the 6:40 mark in the quarter. They continued to dominate the quarter earning their largest lead of the quarter at 13. Washington continued to dominate in the fourth quarter, expanding their lead to as many as 20.

Paul Millsap was on hand to watch his younger brother Abraham who is a member of the Hawks summer league team.

Both teams return to action on Sunday, the Hawks (0-1) taking on the NBA D-League Select team at 3:30 p.m. and the Wizards (1-0) will host Minnesota at 7:30 p.m.

(Recap courtesy of NBA)

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Local prospects Fair, Usher, Smith headed to NBA Summer League

Posted on 28 June 2014 by WNST Staff

After no local college or high school player was selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, a few have received another opportunity to pursue a possible NBA future.

Former City College standout CJ Fair will get his chance with the Dallas Mavericks in the Summer League. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the former Syracuse star’s camp believed the Mavs would draft him in the second round but traded away their picks earlier in the week to re-acquire center Tyson Chandler.

Former Walbrook star Roscoe Smith has found a Summer League spot with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to SNY.tv. Smith finished his college career at UNLV after winning a national championship at UConn.

Davon Usher will get his opportunity with the Golden State Warriors in Summer League play according to the Bay Area News Group. Usher had a stellar career at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor High School before playing collegiately at Delaware.

The Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets will both give former Towson University forward Jerrelle Benimon a chance to participate in Summer League play. Benimon was a two-time CAA Player of the Year after transferring to Towson from Georgetown.

To this point, there is nothing known about the chances of former Aberdeen star Devon Saddler (Delaware) or former Patterson star Aquille Carr (NBA D-League Delaware 87′ers) getting an opportunity to play in Summer League.

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Former Towson F Benimon to play with Heat, Nuggets in Summer League

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Former Towson forward and two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon will begin his professional basketball career on the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets NBA Summer League teams.

Though not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, Benimon will join the Heat, which will participate in the Summer League from July 5-11 in Orlando, and the Nuggets, which will compete in the Summer League from July 11-21 in Las Vegas.

“We are excited for Jerrelle as he gets ready to begin play in the NBA summer league for two very strong franchises,” said Tiger Head Coach Pat Skerry. “I know he will carry over his many talents as well as his strong work ethic and team-first attitude that he played with here at Towson as he continues to build his professional basketball resume.”

Benimon put together one of the most impressive two-year stints by a player in Towson basketball history. A two-time CAA Player of the Year and 2013 AP Honorable Mention All-American, Benimon ranked in the Top 5 nationally in both rebounding and double-doubles each year he was in a Tiger uniform.

A Mid-Major First Team All-American this past season, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The 6-8 forward led the Tigers in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg) as a senior. His 404 total rebounds during the 2013-14 season set a new school record and his mark only trails NBA Hall of Famer and former Navy standout David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

Benimon also impressed scouts after the season as he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four and posted impressive numbers at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

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