PG - Eric Bledsoe, Willie Warren, Dashaun Wood
SG - Jeremy Richardson, Trey Johnson
SF - Al-Farouq Aminu, Nik Caner-Medley, Ryan Ayers, Marqus Blakely
PF - Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Richard Hendrix
C - DeAndre Jordan, Rod Benson
Monday July 12 VS Wizards @ 7 PM (COX Pavilion)*
Wednesday July 14 VS Bulls @ 5 PM (Cox Pavilion)*
Thursday July 15 VS Trailblazers @ 7 PM (Cox Pavilion)*
Saturday July 17 VS Spurs @ 5 PM (Cox Pavilion)*
Sunday July 18 VS NBA D-League @ 5:30 PM (Thomas & Mack)
No offense to anyone, but the way I've seen Sofo's name being thrown around ISH, you would have thought that he was a god. I kind of expected him to be overrated, and after watching him tonight I think I was right. Maybe it was just one game, but the dude seems to be too old to be just coming into the NBA.
Maybe next game will be different? Hope so. And wow besides all the turnovers, it looked like we picked up Bledsoe at 8 and Aminu at 18.
Well, game one was a 89-64 thumping at the hands of Young, McGee & Wall's Wizards squad. Pretty bad considering that we have five guys that will more than likely make the roster + Caner-Medley who might. Anyways, here's a recap of the key players:
DeAndre Jordan (9 Points, 3 Rebounds, 5 Fouls, 5 Turnovers, 1 Block 3-7 from Field, 3-10 from FT Line):
DeAndre was the featured player of the game it seemed as the Clippers went to him in the post seemingly every time, but disappointed with his lack of post moves and would just try to throw it down every time, but would get fouled and clank his free throws. Defensively, isn't a pogo stick anymore and took a charge, but still let his counter part in McGee get 12 boards.
Eric Bledsoe (17 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 10 Turnovers, 6-15 from Field, 5-8 from FT Line):
Bledsoe started the game out really well with quick layups answering Wall's buckets but seemed nervous afterwards as he dribbled the ball off his leg during a few occasions, leading me to have Marko Jaric flashbacks. Besides that, he made some dazzling passes and was pretty good on defense. Looked like a lottery pick based solely off of his debut game, but still needs to work on taking care of the ball and when to make passes.
Al-Farouq Aminu (11 Points, 7 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 4 Fouls, 3 Turnovers, 3-9 from Field, 0-3 from Three, 5-7 from FT Line):
Aminu seemed way too indecisive and nervous on the court and it all probably has to do with the fact that it was his first ever NBA game. Minus a couple of offensive possessions, he didn't seem too sure nor confident on what move to make and hopefully as time passes, he'll get that down. On defense, he was pretty decent, but nothing spectacular. I did like the fact that he crashed the boards though.
Willie Warren (10 Points, 1 Rebound, 1 Assist, 1 Steal, 4 Fouls, 1 Turnover, 4-7 from Field, 1-1 from Three, 1-1 from FT Line):
Early on in the game, Warren was invisible on the court, but it had to do more with the Clippers trying to feature third year player DeAndre Jordan and rookie point guard Eric Bledsoe more than anything. As the game went on, namely in the fourth quarter, Warren stepped his game up on both ends of the court. He hit a three after airballing a long duece, and had a nice steal on a Wizards inbound pass and got a lay-up in.
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (0 Point, 4 Rebounds, 2 Fouls, 3 Turnovers, 0-3 from Field):
Sofo struggled, not sure if it had to do with adjusting to NBA rules or being nervous, but he greatly struggled on the court. His decision making seemed to be off on the offensive end and had a dunk blocked by the rim. Defensively, I was impressed with how agile he is for his size and he seemed to be in the correct spot. So far, I'd prefer Rhino back over him, hell, even Cook.
Nik Caner-Medley (17 Points, 4 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 3 Fouls, 3 Turnovers, 4-9 from Field, 3-4 from Three, 6-6 from FT Line):
Besides Blake Griffin, Medley was arguably our best and most consistent player during the 2009 edition of the Vegas Summer League, and played well once again last night against the Wizards squad as he was the leading scorer for the Clippers and showed that he can hit from deep. He played a pretty solid all around game, and I'd love to have him make the squad this season.
I'd like to see Jeremy Richardson get more playing time. Dude is a potent scorer, averaging 18 points on 49.2% shooting from the field and 40.4% from three and 25 points per outing in the D-League.
Rod Benson also needs more playing time. Solid big man who can probably get a training camp invite.
DeShaun Wood is not a good PG option, let Warren & Bledsoe take care of that aspect.
Even though it might be pre-season, but with five players that are/should make the roster (DeAndre, Aminu, Bledsoe, Warren & Sofo), a blowout loss is kind of blah.
Facing the Bulls tonight, should be interesting as they have some solid players like James Johnson, Chris Richard, John Lucas III, AJ Oglivy, Joe Alexander, Morris Almond & Matt Bouldin.
Originally Posted by idizzle
How has Willie Warren looked in sumemer league?
Warren struggled through the first 3 quarters of the game against the Wizards because the Clippers wanted to showcase DeAndre and he didn't get many looks. In fact, he was invisible and I thought he forgot how to play but he stepped it up.