NBA Summer League Day 4
With no Summer Spurs game to watch today, and the Toronto Raptors not taking to the court until 6:30pm, I was able to start the day at leisurely pace.
I took the opportunity to go for walk. With the desert heat, it was a short one. Still I had enough time to pass on picking up some new hats and find some Spurs "bling".
Returning to the cool breeze of my air conditioned room, it was time to work on a new post and catch up on some podcasts.
One of those podcasts was the most recent episode of the Lowe Post. Zach talked to Rachel Nichols and Howard Beck about a number of interesting topics, including Russell Westbrook and the changing power dynamic in the NBA.
As is becoming a Las Vegas tradition, this particular episode was recorded over drinks. This year the crew headed off the strip to the Golden Tiki. After hearing Zach describe the location, and needed a cool place to work on some content during the afternoon, I decided I had to check the place out.
I have to say my mai tai was delicious and the potty mouth parrots were as advertised. If you looking for cold drink off of the strip, and a quiet place to work on an article before happy hour starts, the Golden Tiki is highly recommended.
Getting back to basketball, some interesting observations form Tuesday afternoon:
Lonnie Walker is averaging 30 points a game on .575/.429/.917 shooting splits at NBA Summer League along with 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.5 steals and 1 block per game! And yes, I know it is just two games.
The statement “Raptors fans travel man, it’s unbelievable” was overheard in the media room.
Drew Eubanks is having a sold Summer League averaging 17 points a game (while shooting 80% from the floor) to go with 4.5 rebounds, 1 assist 0.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Plus, as Lonnie Walker said, he has a beautiful sky hook!
Lonnie Walker is leading Summer League in scoring. Chris Boucher is fourth in scoring and third in rebounding.
It was a Canadian after at the Thomas and Mack Center on Tuesday evening as Chris Boucher and the Toronto Raptors were joined on the court by RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis for the New York Knicks.
The Raptors defeated the Knicks 85-73 to pick up their first Summer League victory, behind 23 points from Chris Boucher. Malcom Miller also had a strong game for the Raptors. "The ball came to him a little bit more and he did a nice job off the dribble to, getting into the paint and making some plays," said Raptors coach Jon Goodwillie after the game.
Barret and Brazdeikis has 17 and 9 points, respectively, for the Knicks. After the game, Barrett remarked on how it is easy for the two of them to play on the court together. "I kind of know what he does and he knows what I do," said Barrett. "It's easy to play with a guy like that."
The Summer Spurs return to the court on Wednesday to face the Phoenix Suns. Tip-off time is 6pm PST. Will Lonnie be in the line-up? Will the rookies? Can they take another step towards taking home the NBA Summer League trophy? Tune into Spurs in the 6 and Project Spurs to find out!