Well our summer Suns got pummeled by an older and much more experienced NBA D-League Select Team. Once again there was not much offense and the team's energy seemed to be lacking greatly. I had extreme technical difficulties attempting to watch this game so I really can't give much analysis from my end. But I reached out to Bright Side friends and got some great info to recap for you.
From Kristopher Habbas of SB Nation Arizona -
The flow of a game is a direct effect of the point guard on leading the show. In terms of flow there was none tonight. The team ran in spots, settled in to the half court in others, and played street ball the rest of the time. Marshall looked comfortable when the Suns had shooters spread out in the corners for him to attack and create for, but that is hard to do with no elite shooters on the roster.
Check out more of his recap and evaluation of tonight's game over at the mother-ship.
For stats and Alex's thoughts on tonight's game, take the jump!
Here's the final Box score -
Here's Alex's take -
From What I saw:The Suns looked uninterested in the game, and the pieces look ill-suited together. No one can make a jump shot - not one professional jump shooter on that team. So Morris just have to make something happen after getting the ball on the college 3-point line in post position. Rarely did that end with a good shot because the defense collapsed. Occasionally Morris located a cutter, but mostly guys just stood around watching.Marshall looked unemotional - something we will have to get used to. But then after I turned the game off on my end, Coro tweeted some nice things. Apparently Marshall turned it on at the end, and finished with 10 and 6. Not bad compared to how he started.In general the D-League guys were heavily experienced and seemed to know how to make shots. And a couple 7-footers made some threes as well as inside post-ups. Too bad they appeared 92 years old.
Marshall is finishing strong tonight. He hit a J when the defender went under, got his third steal & is pushing the pace more.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) July 21, 2012
Through three games so far in this year's NBA Summer League in Las Vegas both the Phoenix Suns and the NBA D-League Select team hold a 1-2 record. But what does that matter. It doesn't. It really doesn't.
What does matter is that we've all been witness to an exciting first showing at the Las Vegas Summer league by second year player Markieff Morris. Remember, with all the lockout mumbo jumbo last year Morris and other rookies of last season weren't able to have the experience of playing in the summer league.
From the three games of five that the Suns will play, it's very safe to say that Markieff has been very hard at work this off-season conditioning his body and strength as well as improving his all around game. He's averaging a double-double scoring nearly 20 points per game and grabbing 10.7 rebounds. Oh, and by the way he's averaging 3.3 blocks to go along with it. As with all players this summer though, Keef also has shown there are a few things he still needs to work on. Like limiting his fouls and learning to keep his hands off when defending, his FG% could be better but now we're just straining at gnats after just 3 games.
Kendall Marshall on the other hand, has been just as expected. Again - considering it's been just 3 games, Marshall is experiencing most everything a normal rookie point guard experiences when transitioning from the college game to the pro level. Our own Omaha Sun covered thisa bit earlier this week.
For stats on the Suns as well as the NBA D-League select team continue reading.
Here are the stat lines for the Phoenix Suns
Courtesy of nba.com
And for the opposition
Courtesy of nba.com
Since this is a Summer League game - I'm not going to bore you with an analysis of how the game might play-out or what strategies should be imposed because bla bla bla IT DOESN'T MATTER. We just want to see our roster players do well in this competitive environment and if we're lucky we'll be surprised by unheralded talent that might get an invite to an NBA training camp.
If you'd like to watch the game tonight you're going to have to fork over $5 to purchase the NBA Summer League Broadband pass because the game will not be shown on NBA TV tonight.
You can purchase the pass here.
The game starts at approx. 7 p.m. Arizona time.
Enjoy the game - and check back later tonight for a brief recap and possibly quotes and/or video from Suns peeps in Las Vegas!