Summer League Game Recap: Wizards 96, Cavs 93

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Cavs dropped to 0-3 in Summer League play Tuesday, falling 96-93 against the Washington Wizards. The Wizards were led by Andre Blatch and Nick Young, who combined for 57 points.

For the most part, the Cavs players played well individually. Tarence Kinsey had his best game by far, finally finding his shot after two subpar performances. He led the scoring for Cleveland with 22 points on 9-15 shooting from the field.

Other positive contributions came from Jamont Gordon, Jawad Williams, Christian Eyenga. Although Gordon had trouble shooting the ball, he made his presence felt in other ways, grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds and dishing out 7 of the team's 10 assists for the game.

Williams, who has bounced between the Cavs and the D-League, is making a game-by-game case why he deserves to be on somebody's NBA roster next season. The former North Carolina Tar Heel has found a way to contribute in each of the team's three games. Against Washington, he scored 14, including 2-3 from downtown and 4-4 from the foul line.

First-round pick Eyenga made a positive impact for the second straight game after laying an egg in the opener. He scored efficiently, 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting. However, his the rest of his statline was rather pedestrian: 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 fouls and zeros the rest of the way.

On the flipside, rookie Danny Green will be looking to redeem himself in Cleveland's next game (tomorrow vs. Dallas). Green shot 0-5 from the field and committed 2 turnovers to just one assist.

And finally, former BayHawk Maureece Rice has to be wondering what's going on. He saw just over four minutes of game time yesterday despite being productive when he was in there: 2-2 shooting, 1 rebound. Unfortunately for Rice, the coaching staff seems to favor Gordon as the point guard on this team with Robert Hite also taking some minutes away from Rice.


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Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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