Dallas vs. Philadelphia
The first game of the day was between Philadelphia and Dallas. The Sixers continued their hot play by jumping out on the Mavs early with a 12-5 run, led by Louis Williams and Ivan McFarlin who both had a pair of lay-ups.
Dallas struggled early and often in this game. They finally got on the board after a Rawle Marshall jump shot. But Dallas would eventually heat up, after missing their first four shots and finish the quarter at 45%.
For as hot as the Mavericks shooting was in the first quarter, Marshall Strickland was even hotter. Strickland scored eight points in the first quarter to help the Sixers shoot 56% and take a 24-14 lead over the Mavs. Both teams shot the ball well in the first quarter, but turnovers plagued both sides, Dallas committed 10 turnovers to Philadelphias 6.
The hot shooting continued for the Sixers in the second quarter as Louis Williams really took over the game. Williams helped the Sixers go on a 10-2 run early in the quarter which really blew the game open for the Sixers.
With the Sixers leading 36-18, Rawle Marshall hit a pair of jumpers and a free throw to start a mini Dallas run, but turnovers once again forced Dallas to give up easy points to the Sixers who finished the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 20-point lead going into the half.
The hot shooting of the first half cooled in the third quarter as neither team could hit the broad side of a barn for most the quarter.
Philadelphia was able to build their lead to 56-32, but Dallas’s defense really hampered Williams in the second half. Williams, who had scored 20 in the first half, was held to just two points in the entire second half.
Even though they contained Williams in the second half, Dallas still struggled to contain the 76ers, as the Sixers took total control of the game late in the first to take a 68-42 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth the Sixers continued to lay it on the mavericks, who couldn’t keep control of the basketball. Dallas’s turnovers lead to a lot of easy buckets for Philadelphia who took a 30-point lead late in the fourth
The last three minutes of the fourth quarter went by rather fast as both teams wanted to get the game over with. In the end the Sixers won 90-59.
Players to watch
Rawle Marshall: he’s really the only bright spot for the Mavs. He took better shots today, and looked a lot better than usual. Unfortunately for him and the Mavs he was beat like a rug on defense.
DJ Mbenga: he’s defense and shot blocking should help Dallas this coming season, but he still looks lost on offense at times.
Louis Williams: He’s really looking like he is going to be a star in the NBA someday. He’s a quick penitrater who is getting smarter as the games go by.
Steven Smith: He’s gone from a guy whom I never really looked at, to being on of my favorite players in the revue. He can score, and play solid defense, he should be picked up this fall and stick to a roster.
Ivan McFarlin: He’s definitely an intriguing player. He can play down low and is tough, but at times he struggles to get back.
Edin Bavcic: he’s a defensive liability, but he can shoot and rebound. He has a nice release, but has to be open to hit.
Atlanta vs. San Antonio
Atlanta who had really struggled in the revue, losing their first two got help early from Salim Stoudamire, who scored seven early points, but Atlantas struggles continued as they went ice-cold once Stoudamire left for the bench.
San Antonio got stared off by Ian Mahinmi, who scored six points in the first seven minutes to get the Spurs an early 10-8 lead.
Both teams struggled from the floor in the first quarter, the Hawks were able to build a two-point lead going into the second, leading 16-14.
Scoring and shooting picked up in the second quarter as Marvin Williams got hot. Williams was able to get the Hawks their biggest lead of the game thus far, a six-point lead at 32-26.
Stoudamire continued his nice shooting in the second quarter, scoring six more in the quarter. Melvin Sanders tried answering for the Spurs, but Atlantas defense was actually quite good tonight, and the Hawks took a 40-35 lead into the locker room.
Both teams came out fire in the second half, but both teams turned the ball over a lot. The Spurs took the lead early in the second at 43-42, but after a missed Sanders dunk, Cedric Bozeman hit a three to give the Hawks the lead.
The missed dunked by Sanders seemed to be the turning point in the game, the Hawks really got ahead of the momentum and began to pull away. The Spurs did manage to pull within three at 59-56 at the end of the quarter.
The Hawks struck first in the fourth, scoring four straight points giving them a seven-point lead. The Spurs came roaring back and cut the lead to three again, but Salim Stoudamire would be to much for the Spurs.
Stoudamire orchestrated a huge run by the Hawks which gave them a 13-point lead. The Spurs were never able to recover from the run, they did cut the lead down to eight at one point, but missed free throws and tun overs doomed the Spurs.
The Hawks got their first win 84-74. Marvin Williams scored 22 today, making this the third straight game where Williams had scored more than 20 in the revue.
Players to watch
Rich Melzer: he really struggled tonight, he never found his game and was beat on defense a lot.
Andre Brown: He’s a scrappy player who can fill in at a variety of roles. He’s never going to be great, and is most likely an NBDL type player.
Ian Mahinmi: he did well in the first half, but foul trouble limited his minutes in the second half. He must learn to play defense or he’ll never stay on the floor in the NBA.
Jamar Smith: Had another solid outing. He’s great around the rim, and is very athletic.
Marvin Williams: He kept getting free throws, lots of them. He is getting more aggressive down low, which could pay dividends for the Hawks next season.
Salim Stoudamire: a fantastic shooter, but he’s streaky. If he played with his head in the game all game long, he could easily average 20 a game.
Jack Ingrahm: had a nice game tonight, but he’s not NBA ready. He’s really weak in the post, and prefers shooting from the outside.
Utah vs. Seattle.
The last game featured the Jazz taking on the Sonics. Seattle had struggled through its first two games, and was hoping things would change against the Utah Jazz, who were playing without star point guard Deron Williams.
Andre Emmitt continued his hot shooting from Saturday in the first quarter, as he got the Sonics off to a 2-0 start. However, every time the Sonics would score the Jazz would score right back, the two team would remain tied most the first quarter.
Utah initially struggled but rookie Ronnie Brewer would change things. Brewer would score on three of his first four shots, including a three pointer to give the Jazz their first lead at 19-18 as the first quarter wound down. Brewer scored seven of Utahs 19 points.
Ronnie Burrell would get the Sonics going in the second quarter by hitting a jump shot. The Jazz would answer back with a free throw on a defensive three seconds, than follow that up by a jump shot from Andre Hutson.
on the play following the Hutson jumper, the Jazz would get a steal from Mustafa Al-Sayyad, but Al-Sayyad would stumble down before getting the ball to Ronnie Brewer who dunked it in. Al-Sayyad layed on the floor for a few minutes in obvious pain, he would leave the game, and not return. Brewer’s dunk made the score 24-18.
Seattle would tie the score at 26 on a Denham Brown lay up, but Brewer’s free throw would give the Jazz a one point lead on the following possession. Saer Sene would get his first basket in the middle of the second, and it also gave Seattle the lead at 28-27.
The Sonics would go on a 13-2 run with mostly easy shots by Sene, and Brown before Rafael Araujo got the Jazz going by hard playing in the paint. Araujo scored two points, and grabbed two boards in about two minutes, which helped the Jazz recover from their second quarter struggles.
Both teams went cold for about two minutes, before C.J. Miles hit a long rang jumper to tie the score at 33, the tie was short-lived however, Saer Sene hit a nice jumper than blocked an Araujo shot to give the Sonics a 35-33 lead.
Brian Chase tied the score at 35 with four second left, but Yotem Helperin would hit a buzzer beating jumper to give the Sonics a 37-35 lead going into the half.
The Sonics opened the second half with an offensive barrage. Seattle scored four very quick points, than followed that up with a Helperin three to give them a 44-35 lead. Araujo would get the Jazz on the board after a Sene goal tend, but Sene would make up for it with an easy lay up on the next play.
Noel Felix would finally get on the board with three minutes gone by in the half, giving the Sonics a 11-point lead at 48-37. Utah would score the next four points to cut the lead to 48-41 after a pair of Miles’ free throw. Turnovers began to hurt Seattle as they turned the ball over three consecutive possessions.
Utah would cut the lead to four after an odd three point play, where Nelson was fouled in the air and threw the ball into the hoop. But Denhem Brown continued his hot shooting and made the score 50-44.
Jared Riener and Denham Brown would score four quick points for the Sonics to put the Sonics up 55-46. The Jazz kept turning the ball over which lead to a lot of easy points for the Sonics.
The quarter ended with some very sloppy basketball before Brian Chase hit a three-point buzzer beater to make the score 57-51 Sonics going into the fourth quarter.
Desmond Farmer got the Chase three pointer back by hitting a three of his own to start the fourth quarter. Utah committed two offensive fouls on their first three possessions, which really hindered the Jazz offensive flow in the quarter.
After a Paul Milsap block, the Jazz got life and immediately ran and got a dunk by C.J. Miles to cut the Seattle Lead to five at 63-58. C.J. Miles, Ronnie Brewer, and Paul Milsap cut the lead to two, all on lay-ups.
Paul Milsap hit two free throws to tie the game at 66, but Seattle would answer with a Burrell jumper to regain the lead. The two teams would tee-totter back and fourth for the next few minutes before Paul Milsap jammed in a C.J. Miles miss to give the Jazz the 72-70 lead, their first of the second half.
Emmitt would tie the game at 72 with a buck thirty-five left, that would be the last points of regulation as the two teams played a very sloppy end to the game and went into overtime after a Helperin missed three at the buzzer.
Andre Emmitt put Seattle up in the overtime after a pair of free throws, than Ronnie Burrell got an open lay up and was fouled, after missing the free throw he put Seattle up 76-72.
Utah played poor in the overtime, turning the ball over twice, not getting back on defense and running the clock down when they shouldn’t have. Ronnie Brewer gave the Jazz hope with a rebound, putback and got fouled, Brewer made the free throw to bring the Jazz within one at 76-75 with 40 seconds left.
Seattle took a bad shot with 20 second left to give the Jazz a chance to win, but Ronnie Brewers potential game winner was ruled no good because he stepped out of bounds. Seattle got their first win 76-75.
Players to watch
Yotem Helperin: had another good game, but still makes a lot of mental mistakes. And he’s virtually useless on defense.
Saer Sene: had his best game thus far, and was actually really dominating. When he was in the game, the Sonics defense held its own, when he was out the Sonics defense was like a sieve.
Denham Brown: he really kept this game from getting away from the Sonics. He displayed leadership qualities unlike any other rookie out there.
C. J. Miles: he’s gained a lot of weight and really bulked up. He’s also a good shooter, but takes a lot of ill-advised shots. He probably needs some more time before he is an active contributor, but my guess is he should be in the Jazz rotation by the middle of the season.
Ronnie Brewer: he really dominated this game for the Jazz. His defense lead to offense, which inturn lead to the Jazz getting back into this game. He did make a few rookie mistakes, but come November Brewer will most likely be starting for the Utah Jazz.
Ronnie Milsap: While his offensive numbers aren’t great, his defense has been amazing. He’s a great one-on-one defender, and a good help defender. He is a little undersized, but that doesn’t seem to hinder him
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