San Antonio vs. Seattle
The Spurs got off to a hot start behind Rich Melzer, who got an easy lay-up on the opening play than followed that with a three pointer to give the Spurs an early 5-0 lead. The Sonics got a lot of good looks early, but just missed their shots; shots that the Spurs would turn into easy fast break points.
Ian Mahinmi bounced back from a poor game last night to have a solid one this afternoon. Mahinmis basket, and the ensuing free throw gave the Spurs an 8-0 lead with four minutes gone by. Seattle would finally get on the board after a pair of free throws by Ronnie Burrell, but the Spurs would answer with another Melzer three pointer, making the score 11-2.
Denham Brown would get the Sonics rolling late in the quarter, Brown would score four quick points, and get an assist to Andre Emmitt to close the score to 13-10.
The Sonics attacked the rim often during the game, led by Andre Emmitt, He would keep the Sonics within striking distance most of the game with his scoring and defense. An Emmitt lay up and ensuing free throw would give the Sonics their first lead of the night at 16-15.
The Spurs would be able to pull a head late in the quarter after a pair of dunks by the Smiths, one by Jamar, and one by Donta. The Spurs lead 19-18 after one.
The Second quarter saw the Spurs go into Rich Melzer again, as he got them started by getting an easy two. Seattle would go inside to Saer Sene, than outside to Yotem Helprin, who would hit a three putting the Sonics up 23-21.
The two teams would teeter-totter back and forth throughout most the early part of the second quarter. The Sonics would pull out in front after two Sene baskets and a basket from Noel Felix. Sene would score all eight of his points in the second quarter.
After the Sonics built a four-point lead at 31-27, the Spurs would use some hustle players to tie the score. First they would get a Jamar Smith dunk after a loose ball scramble, than a Mahinmi put back to tie the game at 31.
The Spurs would retake the lead after a couple of baskets from Melvin Sanders, and one by Mahinmi. The Spurs would extend their lead to 48-36 with about four minutes left.
Seattle would come roaring back behind Andre Emmitt and finish the quarter on a 15-6 run to bring the score to 54-51 at the half.
Both teams would trade baskets to start the second half. Andre Brown had a nice dunk that would eventually break a tie, only to have it answered by Andre Emmitt. The teams continued trading baskets with neither team getting up by more than four the entire quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Spurs did build up a nice cushion, but Andre Emmitt would tear it down and bring Seattle roaring back.
After two Emmitt lay-ups the Sonics took the lead at 67-66 with under a buck-twenty to play. Seattle had plenty of opportunities to put this game away, but they continued to miss easy shots. Jared Reiner was able to keep the ball in Seattles hands, but they were still unable to capitalize on it.
With thirty-seven seconds left, Tequan Dean hit a big three pointer to put the Spurs up 69-67, on the following possession Dean would hit two clutch free throws to give the Spurs a 71-67 lead.
Andre Emmitt would hit a three pointer to bring the score to 71-70, but Tequan Dean hit two more clutch free throws, and Emmitts half court buzzer beater was no good as the Spurs moved to 2-0 in the RMR with a 73-70 win.
Players to watch
Noel Felix: He really had a bad game, but was still able to make an impact. His ability to set screens and play off the ball have really made him stand out in this yearís revue.
Saer Sene: Like I said in my last report, heís very raw. But yet he is still in an ironic way very fundamentally sound. He displayed good footwork, and the drive that should make him a good player someday.
Denham Brown: He wants to win you can tell it by the way he plays, but he needs to learn clock management, and when to take a shot.
Jared Reiner: Heís a good rebounder, and tough guy in the paint. However, offensively he leaves a lot to be desired.
Andre Emmitt: He had an awesome game, scoring a game high 25 and almost single handedly brought Seattle back for a win. He should be able to find a roster spot next season in the NBA.
Yotem Helperin: His second game was a lot better than his first, yet he still looked lost on defense. But he did display something, I didnít notice the last game, his ability to out swear everyone on the court.
Rich Melzer: At the rate he is going he is going to be the MVP of the revue. He is a strong scorer and excellent defender, he also is a good ball handler and good play maker.
Ian Mahinmi: despite his excellent game tonight, I think he still needs a year or two more to develop before coming to the NBA. He still hasnít figured out America defense and he is slow at switching after a screen.
Taquan Dean: He really was clutch for the Spurs today, first a three pointer to take the lead, than four straight free throws to seal the win for the Spurs. He still does need to work on his ball handling and reading the defense.
Melvin Sanders: Had another solid game, and is really the leader of the Spurs, when he is on the floor the Spurs tend to play a lot better compared to when he isnít.
Jamar Smith: Most likely a career D-League player, but he is a great dunker and hustles which kept the fans happy today.
Atlanta vs. Dallas
The Mavericks built an early 4-0 lead behind veterans Rowle Marshall and Pavel Podkolzine. John Edwards got the Hawks on the board by making three of four free throws to bring the score to 4-3.
This game was plagued by fouls and stupid play. The two teams kept it close by trading baskets, and free throws.
Neither team was able to score for about two minutes until Dallas turnovers lead to some easy Hawk points, the Hawks were able to build a 13-6 lead before a Maurice Ager jump shot made the score 13-8.
Free throws would be a big part of this game as the Hawks would attempt 29, and the Mavericks 43. Neither team would make a field goal for almost three minutes, yet both teams would score eight points.
Pops Mensah-Bonsuís dunk with under a minute to go brought the score to 18-14, where it would stay until the end of the quarter.
The Second quarter saw the pace pick up a little as Marvin Williams and Jose Berea would trade baskets, than Solomon Jones and Williams would give the Hawks a 24-16 lead before Kevin Pittsnoggle made it 24-19.
Carl Edwards would answer Pittsnoggles three with one of his own, than Solomon Jones would get into a scuffle with the Mavs and get called for a T. The free throws brought the Mavs close at 27-24.
The Hawks would maintain a 6-8 point lead throughout most the quarter. The Mavs did cut it to 33-28, but a John Edwards tip in, followed by an Anthony Grundy being fouled at the Buzzer, Grundy would make one of two, put the Hawks up 36-28 going into the half.
The Mavericks started the second half by going inside to DJ Mbenga, who would score six points in the quarter and really help Dallas turn things around.
After a Cedric Bozeman lay-up the Hawks lead 39-32, but Mbenga and the Mavs roared back to tie the game at 43. The Mavs would take a 46-43 lead before Carl Edwards would tie it with a three pointer.
The Mavericks would go on a 7-0 run lead by Berea, OíBannon, and Bonsu to take a 53-46 lead with three minutes to go. After a Pittsnoggle jump shot the Mavs lead 57-52, and would take that lead into the fourth quarter.
The Hawks and Mavs once again traded baskets to start the fourth, but free throws began to change the game. After some Marvin Williams free throws the Hawks crept to 63-61, before Darius Washingtons lay-in.
Salim Stoudamire would heat up once again in the fourth quarter as heíd hit big shot after big shot to keep the Hawks in contention. With the Mavs leading 83-79 with 15 second left, Stoudamire hit a huge three to bring the score to 83-82. After Kevin Pittsnoggle made one of two free throws, Stoudamire once again came through hitting a game tying jumper with 1.5 second to go, to send the game into overtime.
In the three minute Overtime period the Mavs struck first with a Pittsnoggle three, but the Hawks answered back with more Marvin Williams free throws.
Dallas missed two free throws that allowed the Hawks for a chance to win the game with seven seconds left, but John Edwardsí air balled the potential game winner, and the Mavs escaped with a 94-93 victory.
Players to watch
Marvin Williams: despite being constantly harassed by the fans, Marvin Williams had a huge game, Scoring 30 points on 7-11 shooting and making all 15 free throws. Williams had either become extremely aggressive, or the refs are bailing him out.
Anthony Grundy: Heís a solid ball handler who is fearless and plays hard. He should be invited back to the Hawks this fall, whether he sticks on not depends on how hard he is willing to work.
Salim Stoudamire: heís still showing that he is a deadeye shooter, but heís been coming on a little to late for the Hawks.
Rawle Marshall: A good player, but is looking for his shot first.
DJ Mbenga: Heís slowly improved from the guy who use to goal-tend every shot three years ago. He probably still wonít crack the Mavs rotation, but he should see some minutes next year.
Maurice Ager: he really struggled shooting, and made a lot of poor decisions on the court.
Jose Berea: Heís like a shoot first ask questions later version of Raul Lopez, he even looks like Lopez. But unlike Lopez heís athletic and good at getting to the free throw line.
Jazz vs. Sixers
The Last game of the night had the hometown Jazz taking on the short-handed 76ers. The Sixers were without Shavlik Randolph(not with the team), Rodney Carney(injured leg), and Bobby Jones(injured leg).
The Jazz got started by going with the guards, as both Ronnie Brewer and Deron Williams had early buckets to put the Jazz up 4-2. Paul Milsap added a three-point play to give the Jazz a 7-4 lead, but the Jazz physical play got them into foul trouble, and the Sixers would capitalize on it.
With Deron Williams and C.J. Miles getting into foul trouble early, the Sixers took advantage and took a 9-7 lead. But the Jazz would come back to tie the score, and eventually retake the lead after a C.J. Miles three pointer.
Louis Williams was the focal point of the Sixers offense, as he was going to the line on nearly every possession. Despite the plethora of free throws, the Jazzes were able to stay in the game, and after a Robert Whaley hook the Jazz tied to score at 21 going into the second quarter.
Deron Williams kicked off the second quarter with a three, then Hiram Fuller tipped in a missed shot to give the Jazz a 26-21 lead, this was all part of a quick 7-0 run the Jazz had.
The Sixers didnít score in the first two minutes of the game, before a Steven Smith bucket. But the Jazz kept taking it at the Sixers in a 19-5 run which put Utah up 38-23.
The Sixers made sort of a comeback to bring the score to 44-34 going into the half.
Where the Jazz had a run to start the second quarter, the Sixers had one to start the third. The Sixers went on a 12-5 run which brought the score to 51-46 before two Paul Milsap buckets and a C.J. Miles three point play re-extended the Jazz lead to 10.
The Sixers wouldnít be stopped however and kept attacking the Jazz defensively which lead to many Jazz turnovers. The Jazz did manage to a mini run to give them a 60-54 lead going into the fourth.
The fourth quarter belonged to Philadelphia, as they would out score the Jazz 27-14 in the quarter, which started out with two Louis Williams Lay-up, followed by an Ivan McFarlin put back and the Sixers lead 62-60.
Utah didnít score for the first five minutes of the quarter before a C.J. Miles bucket made the score 64-62, but that would be as close as the Jazz would get. Philadelphia would take total control and build a 75-68 lead after a Ben Green three with less than two minutes to play. The Sixers would hit their free throws down the stretch and win 81-71.
Players to watch
Ivan McFarlin: solid big man who plays well in the paint, most likely isnít NBA ready yet, but I expect him to be invited to fall camp somewhere.
Louis Williams: Heís ready to contribute, heís not a great shooter but is great at getting to the line. If the Sixers trade Iverson, than Williams could be the starter for them next season.
Steven Smith: heís a shoot first ask questions later type of guard, but could be ready for the NBA.
Ronnie Brewer: Heís a good shooter, but prefers driving to the hole, which should give him a very high field goal percentage this year. Heís also a good ball handler, but is looking for his shot a lot of the time.
Paul Milsap: he could be the steal of the draft. His big body and relentless attitude will ease him into the Jazz rotation this coming season.
C.J. Miles: Heís bulked up a lot from last year, and is playing a lot more confidently, but still he needs to work on his outside shooting, itís a lot better than last season but not still needs work
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