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Even with stars John Wall and JaVale Mcgee getting the night off, it took the Knicks more than four quarters to put away the Wizards.
Washington had four players with double digit point totals as the rest of the cast was given a chance to shine. Cartier Martin's 24 points led all scorers and Kevin Palmer added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
The Wizards had the lead for much of the fourth quarter, but a turnover and foul in the final seconds allowed the Knicks to come back. A last second shot by Trevor Booker almost gave the Wizards the win at the end of overtime, but it dropped out.
The Wizards finished Summer League with a 4-1 record, tied for their best ever.
The Wizards close out their summer league play this afternoon against the New York Knicks today in Las Vegas. The game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet and NBA TV.
With a win, the Wizards can finish undefeated in Vegas, but if they're going to do it, they'll have to do it without John Wall and JaVale McGee, who are sitting this one out. Both players have played outstanding over the last week and don't really have anything left to prove to team management, or the rest of the competition this week. Instead, the Wizards will trot out a lineup featuring Lester Hudson, Kevin Palmer, Cartier Martin, Trevor Booker and Hamady N'Diaye, according to Bullets Forever, who has a game thread up for all of today's action.
Though there will be no Wall or McGee, today's game represents the final chance to catch the Wizards in action until September, so if you have a chance, seize the opportunity to watch the Wizards one last time. The game starts at 4 p.m., which translates to a start time of 1 p.m. out in Vegas. If anyone was out partying last night, we should find out soon enough.
This John Wall kid is pretty good.
Another spectacular performance by the rookie point guard led the Wizards to their closest win yet.
This game may have come down to the wire, but it was no less impressive than any of the Wizards other three victories in Summer League play. Wall's 31 points led the way, with center JaVale McGee adding 29 points, 8 rebounds, and maybe the dunk of the summer.
The Wizards will put their undefeated Summer League record on the line when they host the New Orleans Hornets' Summer League team tonight at 8 p.m. The game will be on Comcast SportsNet and NBATV.
For a recap of last night's win over the Mavericks, go to Bullets Forever.
The Wizards will likely start John Wall, Cartier Martin, Trevor Booker and JaVale McGee, and it is unclear who the fifth starter will be. The Hornets will likely counter with Aubrey Coleman, Maurice Ager, Quincy Pondexter, Craig Brackens and Brian Cusworth.
The Hornets are 0-3 in Summer League thus far, and are no longer playing with Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton, who were both given permission to leave the team to attend to other matters.
John Wall had his second career double double in summer league play as the Wizards defeated the Mavericks 88-82. Wall had 21 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds en route to the win.
Wall wasn't the team's leading scorer however, Cartier Martin held that distinction with 23 points. Javale McGee had another impressive showing scoring 18 points and connecting on some impressive alley-oops like this one:
The Wizards have won all three of their summer league games thus far. Their next game will be against the Hornets on Friday.
For more discussion on the game and other Wizards information, click on over to Bullets Forever.
After a two-day break, the Wizards will resume their Summer League schedule tonight against the Dallas Mavericks. The game will start at 8 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet and NBATV.
The Wizards will start John Wall, Lester Hudson, Cartier Martin, Trevor Booker and JaVale McGee. Four of those players started the first two games, and Hudson joins the lineup after an impressive performance off the bench against the Clippers. The Mavericks will likely counter with Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones, J.R. Giddens, Mouhammad Faye and Omar Samhan.
The key matchup is obviously Wall against Beaubois. As Ben Golliver notes on SBNation.com, Beaubois comes as close to matching Wall's physical gifts as anyone playing in the Summer League.
SB Nation's Wizards blog Bullets Forever has more on the game here.
Two wins, two impresseive performances for the 19 year old Wizards rookie John Wall. Wall lead the Wizards to an 89-64 victory over the L.A. Clippers with a double double, 18 points and 10 assists, with 5 steals just for show. This is Wall's first double double for the team and many more should follow when the season gets underway.
Javale McGee also had a double double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Nick Young tied Wall in scoring output with 18 points of his own.
The highlight of the game from NBA.com is this below:
For more in depth coverage of the game and Wizards summer league action, click on over to Bullets Forever.
With 41 seconds left in the first quarter, John Wall was knocked to the ground while driving through the lane. He laid on the court for a few moments, not moving at all. Luckily for the Wizards, he got up, hit his free throws and appeared to be fine sitting on the Wizards bench soon thereafter.
According to Michael Lee:
John Wall is resting on the bench, looks fine now. But he told trainers during break that he felt a sharp pain in his neck on that landing.
It appeared to just be a close call as midway through the second quarter Wall was back in the lineup dropping buckets on the Clippers.
Overall, the team is looking solid with and John Wall leading the Wizards with 15 points, 5 assists and 3 steals and Nick Young contributing with 12 points.
At the half, the Wizards lead the Clippers 49-30.
For more discussion on the game, follow the live thread on Bullets Forever.
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Nick Young is reportedly suiting up for the Washington Wizards tonight as they face the Los Angeles Clippers in their second game of the Las Vegas Summer League.
John Wall scored 24 points and added 8 assists (along with 8 turnovers) yesterday and JaVale McGee added 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards defeated the Golden State Warriors, 84-79.
The game will be aired live on CSN and NBA TV at 10:00 p.m. EDT.
Tonight was Wizards fans' first chance to see John Wall competing in a Wizards uniform, and he did not disappoint. The point guard was active on both ends of the court, and clearly conducted himself as the leader of this young group of players. Wall was the Wizards' highest scorer of the night with 24 points, and added 8 assists to give him one of the most impressive stat lines of the Summer League so far.
The game's second star for Washington was Javale McGee, who had 21 points and several eye-grabbing dunks, including this one.
Check out Bullets Forever for a more in-depth review of the Wizards' 2010 debut.
A late change to the Wizards starting lineup was just announced, as undrafted free agent Raymar Morgan out of Michigan State will get the start in place of Summer League veteran Nick Young.
As reported by Chris Miller of Comcast SportsNet, the Wizards have released their starting lineup for tonight's summer league debut against the Golden State Warriors. The starting five includes some new names, as well as some familiar ones.
John Wall will get the start as expected, and he will be supported by fellow rookie Trevor Booker, along with Nick Young, Javale McGee, and Cartier Martin.
Our own Mike Prada is on the scene in Las Vegas covering the NBA Summer League for SB Nation, and he's got the final Wizards Summer League roster over at Bullets Forever:
Trevor Booker, Corsley Edwards, Lester Hudson, Cartier Martin, JaVale McGee, Raymar Morgan, Hamady Ndiaye, Kevin Palmer, Aaron Petway, JP Prince, Jerome Randle, John Wall, and Sun Yue
Also hearing Al Thornton and Nick Young may play a couple games.
Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports that John Wall has received a clean bill of health after a groin injury caused him to miss a practice Friday morning.
John Wall sat out the Friday morning session of the Wizards’ summer league mini-camp as a precautionary measure after suffering a strained groin injury the night before. He received treatment at 7:30 a.m., then studied the intricacies of Coach Flip Saunders’s offense from the sidelines.
But after taking what he called “a big boy nap” and receiving more treatment later in the afternoon, Wall was back on the floor and didn’t appear to miss a beat. “Full go,” Saunders said in a text message. “Looked great. His speed is unbelievable.”
For full Summer League coverage of the Wizards, head over to SB Nation’s Bullets Forever.
The Associated Press is reporting that Washington Wizards point guard John Wall injured his groin during practice for next week’s Las Vegas Summer League.
“He’s got a little bit of tightness in his groin,” coach Flip Saunders said. “He kind of slipped on the court and kind of stretched out a little bit in the scrimmage last night so … we didn’t want to take any chances. We’ll see if he loosens up.”
Wall downplayed the seriousness of the injury.
“This is my first time sitting out like this,” he said. “I’m type of person who doesn’t want to sit out too long, but also in this type of situation, practice is important, Summer League is important. But it’s an injury that can be hurting you throughout the whole season so my coaches and training staff are doing a great job.”
Later, Wall posted on twitter: “Yes my groin is ok…just tweaked it a Lil bit.”
Wall will be this year’s Summer League headliner.
For everything Wizards, head over to SB Nation’s Bullets Forever.
If you’re not lucky enough to be in Las Vegas this weekend like our own Mike Prada, that doesn’t mean that you’ll have to miss the debut of John Wall and the rest of the Wizards’ new acquisitions.
The team has announced that Comcast SportsNet will produce coverage of five Wizards summer league games next week. This will be your first chance to see Wall rocking the Wizards blue, and you’ll even get to see it in HD.
The schedule begins this Sunday night at 8:00 PM.
Cedric Jackson is playing for the Washington Wizards in Vegas. Apparently they're taking David Kahn's all-point guard approach.
The Wizards signed Jackson at the end of last season, when they were cycling through NBA D-League players.
According to Mike Jones, the following players will be on the Wizards' Summer League team.
Eric Hayes isn't the only local college hoops star to collide with Washington's pro basketball team. Michael Sweetney has been added to the Wizards summer league roster, according to Michael Lee.
Sweetney, the former Georgetown star, last played for the Chicago Bulls in 2007. In four years in the NBA playing for the New York Knicks and the Bulls, Sweetney averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game.
The Wizards continue to fill out their roster for this year's Summer League team with a few more additions to add some depth to the squad. According to Ridiculous Upside, the Wizards have signed Sun Yue, Kevin Palmer and James "Boo" Jackson to the squad.
Yue is the only member of the threesome with NBA experience. In 2008, he was drafted by the Lakers in the second round of the NBA Draft and didn't do much, only playing 28 minutes and scoring six points while with the Lakers. He'll struggle for playing time since he plays point guard, just like John Wall, Jon Scheyer and Jerome Dyson, but he has something no other player on this year's Summer League team can claim: An NBA Championship ring. We'll see how he fares.
Kevin Palmer, a shooting guard from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi who went undrafted, averaged 19.7 points per game and 5.4 rebounds last season.
James Jackson, a power forward went undrafted out of Eastern Michigan last season and spent the 09-10 season playing in the D-League. His stats don't blow you away, but he probably won't be playing much anyway, since Trevor Booker will likely eat up most of the minutes at power forward.
In the last update, I mentioned that it seemed that the Wizards were assembling a squad of Maryland's worst enemies. Now comes word that they're changing course and adding a Terp to the mix. Gary Williams tweeted the news:
Eric Hayes was picked up by the Washington Wizards summer league team and Landon Milbourne will play with Atlanta Hawks summer league.
Hayes, Scheyer and Morgan playing together? That's just wrong. But hey, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
The Wizards' Summer League squad is beginning to take shape. The latest addition to the squad is Michigan State's Raymar Morgan, according to Shannon Shelton of Detroit Free Press:
Michigan State forward Raymar Morgan will play for the Washington Wizards in the upcoming NBA summer leagues next month.
Morgan's agent, Mark Termini, said that Morgan had multiple summer-league offers after he went undrafted Thursday night.
Morgan's college numbers don't blow you away, but the Wizards are pretty shallow at small forward at the moment, so a strong week in Vegas could give him a shot to stick around.
Between Morgan (who helped the Spartans knock the Terps out of the NCAA tournament last season) and Jon Scheyer, the Wizards are doing a great job of making the most Maryland un-friendly squad in recent memory.
With this being one of the deepest drafts in years, there will be a lot of recognizable undrafted players that slip through the cracks and end up on Summer League rosters. According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, we now know two of those players for the Wizards: Jerome Randle of California, and Jon Scheyer of Duke.
Yup, that's right: Jon Scheyer. The same Jon Scheyer that Maryland fans have hated for years. This could get awkward for some of those people.
Wizards fans hoping to see their new European big man Kevin Seraphin will have to wait past Summer League. According to Michael Lee, he will sit out with a knee injury.
Seriphan will not participate in summer league as he recovers from his right knee injury suffered a few weeks ago. He might not come to Washington until he receives his work visa in about a month or two, according to Seriphan's agent, Bouna N'Diaye.
Seraphin missed a lot of workouts leading up to the draft due to that injury.
The Wizards will begin play in the Las Vegas Summer League on July 9, and this much we know: their roster will definitely feature number one overall pick John Wall. Ernie Grunfeld also indicated prior to the draft that third-year center JaVale McGee and late-season signee Cartier Martin will also be on the team.
There hasn't been any word yet on whether Trevor Booker or Hamady Ndiaye will be on the roster.
Prior to the trip to Las Vegas, the Wizards will hold a minicamp for all their Summer League players.
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