It was either a defensive battle between these teams or just a poor offensive display from either side in this low-scoring contest. To open, both teams were evenly matched: Alexey Shved and Zach LaVine were carrying the Wolves while Glen Rice Jr. was putting the Wizards on his back. Both Otto Porter and Shabazz Muhammad, who put together 25-plus point performances in their previous games, had very cold nights, Shabazz finishing with just 4 point on 6 attempts and Porter with 13 on 16 attempts. Halftime came with a 35-35 stalemate, quickly broken in the following quarter. Glen Rice and Jamil Wilson had 14 third quarter points, which led right to an 11-0 run or the Wizards, leaving them with a ten point lead at the end of the quarter. The fourth was a slow quarter and a relative stalemate, ultimately leading to a Wizards victory.
FINAL: Wolves 59, Wizards 67
Shabazz Muhammad (4 points on 2-6): Rough night for Shabazz. Only played 15 minutes, but didn’t bring enough energy. Nothing to get concerned about, though. (D)
Alexey Shved (16 points on 6-15): Better night for Shved in terms of assertiveness, but still bad efficiency and really ugly to watch. At his best, the game flows with him in the pick and roll and catch-and-shoot game, but he’s been trying way too much off the dribble, and these 16 points were simply a function of high volume and subpar competition. (C)
Gorgui Dieng (11 points on 3-6): Decent, but unremarkable night for Gorgui. He hasn’t been much of a rim protector in SL play, so he’ll have to look to engage more defensively as that’s his calling card. Needs to play better to live up to the massive hype he garnered towards the end of last year. (D)
Zach LaVine (11 points on 2-11): Bad shooting night for LaVine, but he got to the line. This was a big question mark on his game, but after a ton of penetration into the defense, he earned a solid 10 FTAs at the line. Good to see this, but not a great night for him overall. Remains a bright spot on a shaky summer league outing by the Wolves. (C)
Glen Robinson III (8 points on 2-7): Showed some of his athleticism with a nice put-back and actually took a pull-up or two. Really, really needs to be more aggressive before he’s swallowed up by the NBA. The beginning games in his career will determine whether he is a solid rotation player or a benchwarmer; needs to start getting fired up on the court. (D)
The Other Guys
Nothing special from the guys looking to make the team. Barring a spectacular Bruno Caboclo-style summer league superstar emergence, we won’t have one of the unsigned SL members join the team this year.