Will Cherry was the MVP of this one. Cherry is an explosive point guard at only 6'1 185 lbs He's a high leaper who uses that to his advantage in attacking the basket and has a very quick first step that gets him to top speeds quickly. Cherry only had 9 points coming into the fourth quarter but finished with 21. You rarely see a point guard be one of those all out motor guys but Cherry is one of the exceptions. He also came down with 7 rebounds and had 4 assists. He was lighting it up from three but his college stats suggest that this was just a hot streak. Most importantly though, Cherry defended and ran the offense well enough to warrant at least some attention. The energy he played with along with the finishing he had with his athleticism suggests that he could possibly be an NBA player. The thing about summer league is that it doesn't tell you who is an NBA player, but it eliminates those who certainly aren't one. I wouldn't eliminate Cherry. Tidbits...
P.J. Hairston did not have a good Friday to say the least. He shot 2-16 from the field and 1-10 from three. He got off to another cold start today until he caught fire. Hairston hit three straight from deep that almost ripped the net because his makes were that pure. All three of them were legitimately contested and it didn't matter. When he is off he can't do much offensively but when he catches his rhythm he is so dangerous. Not sure if he's a permanent replacement at the 2 guard for the Hornets but he could be a great weapon off of the bench. Bullets...
This was the Tony Snell and Doug McDermott show. I'm not sure where this Tony Snell was last year but he looks like one hell of an offensive player. His three was absolute butter today and he attacked the basket efficiently and finished most of those chances. McDermott kept hitting his threes from wherever he was, even if it was a couple feet behind the line. His movement off the ball is so impressive as he stays low, moves quickly, and turns in a very agile manner. The Bulls are bringing back hopefully a healthy Derrick Rose, a better Snell, Nikola Mirotic, and McDermott. Not bad. Snell and McDermott had 34 points combined at the half and this was with one of the best defenders in Vegas Gary Harris spending time on both of them.
The two players who Suns fans probably expected to be the best players on the floor in Vegas were indeed just that in the first three quarters. Archie Goodwin was up to his usual slashing and Miles Plumlee actually made two jump shots. Two! He's still far away from being good in the post but the Suns are certainly giving him his reps. Perhaps the two biggest things for Archie in this one were the corner three he drained easily and his assist inside. These are the kinds of things that happen to your game when you get drafted at the age of 18, you grow. While Miles had his unexpected makes in the post, he did something we expected and swatted the crap out of Jabari twice in a row. The first block was a " I am stronger than you" block and the second one was a "lol you gonna force that don't you ever learn get that outta here rook" block. Jabari was not pleased and kept forcing it because that's what angry Jabari does. Both forced it too much, particularly Plumlee, but like I said earlier this is about getting reps and the plan appears to be to get those for Miles from the post. Those two did the bulk of the work through three quarters and then it was the Tyler Ennis and Seth Curry show.
Ennis was spectacular in the fourth quarter and that was a sample of what you can do with an offense if you let him attack consistently. Longabardi put shooters all around him and like I said in the preview, he reads the defense and goes from there. If the lane was open he was getting to the rim and if anyone was helping he found the open man every time. Seth Curry was happy to have him out there. Ennis did a good job on Nate Wolters tonight and he's been that way defensively throughout his play here so far. There's a signature move I want you to watch for next time they play. Ennis does this thing coming up the floor where he lets the defender think he can get a steal and then he spins off the defender to get space. He's done it a handful of times so far and it's a nifty trick. His floater game is still strong and that looks like that's a legit weapon. He is not confident shooting the three yet, as tonight was the first time he had an opportunity. He didn't pull the trigger twice and the one time he did he missed badly. That's a disappointment but I still dig his pure point play and that way he attacks the basket. That fourth quarter was fun to watch. Bullets...
No game for the Suns tomorrow. They play Philly on Tuesday at 5PM.
It was a rough start for the Suns in Summer League, losing to Golden State, and then receiving the news that Alex Len will miss the remainder of the SL with a broken finger. But no need to fear: T.J. Warren is here.
Las Vegas Summer League continues tonight, with the Suns playing their second game, facing Jabari Parker, The Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Last night, the Suns started the twin towers of Miles Plumlee and Alex Len. With Len out, not sure who will start in the frontcourt tonight besides Plum.
The Suns played a fairly sloppy and ugly game by our standards, scoring only 72 points while making zero 3s and producing only 2 assists. It is summer league, after all. Big men Miles Plumlee and Alec Brown combined to shoot 0-14, but budding young stars T.J. Warren and Archie Goodwin combined for 39 points on 16-26 shooting.
I like T.J. Warren a whole lot. I think he's dreamy. Let's see what the Summer Suns can do tonight.
For more on summer league, see what Bright Side's Kellan Olson, who is onsite in Vegas, had to say here.
The view from the opposition can be seen here.
Suns vs. Bucks, 7PM AZ time, NBATV.
Bryan Gibberman, Brazilian soccer star Sreekar, and Scott Howard have come together to deliver a 4th edition of Bright Side After Dark. There were laughs, tears, bad jokes, and talk about the Phoenix Suns.
We kept you waiting a whole 9 days from our last podcast - an offense for which you receive my most sincere apology. I'm kidding. But I do appreciate you listening to us yell at each other anyway!
On this episode of the BSAD - Steve's latest invention accidentally gives him the ability to read minds- thinking it will be a good thing & change the whole world- until the Winslows feel that their privacy is invaded- including Laura- when Steve learns she's been attracted to him. Meanwhile, Carl becomes a troop leader for Richie, 3J and the Junior Woodsmen.
OK that's an episode of Family Matters. In reality, we close the book on LeBron James, say goodbye to Channing Frye, welcome Isaiah Thomas, and cheer the return of PJ Tucker. For good measure we also talk about Summer League, make some ridiculous predictions, and watch Gibby shove his foot in his mouth.
But don't listen to me - take it from the fans:
@sreekyshooter I was looking forward to the live sacrifice on BS After Dark— Jack Kolbe (@JackKolbe) July 10, 2014
@sreekyshooter also, I'm listening to the podcast now and your verbal fisticuffs are a hootenany— Shardul Golwalkar (@shardyg) July 8, 2014
Listen to us talk about sports and make fun of Gibberman right here: