Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday Afternoon at the NBA Summer League

Back for another marathon day of NBA Summer League action.

In the opener, Phoenix (with former Sonics big man Russ Schoene on the summer coaching staff) got its first win, beating New Orleans. Ron Hale scored a game-high 25 points off the bench for the Suns. Hilton Armstrong led the Hornets with 24, but offset those with eight fouls and six turnovers. (Hey, it's summer league.)

The L.A. Clippers held off Memphis for a 90-84 win in Game #2. I was impressed by the midrange game of Al Thornton, who scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. (Then again, he had nine fouls and six turnovers. Hey, it's summer league.) Mike Conley was not as effective today. He had nine points and eight assists, but turned the ball over six times and could not find the touch, shooting 2-for-10 from the field.

Will Conroy backed up the point for the Clippers, handing out five assists and committing only one turnover in 15 minutes of action.