2012 Las Vegas Summer League: Cory Joseph’s bad game

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Cory Joseph played his worst game of the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League on Friday against the Heat. (Photo credit: Andrew Smith)

COX PAVILION — Summer League is a chance for the NBA’s young players to stand out and make a name for themselves, giving guys like me ample material to work with. And sometimes no one stands out, leaving little concrete to talk about.

Friday night in Las Vegas was one of the latter situations. The Spurs fell to 2-2 in Vegas with a 83-78 loss to the Miami Heat in a game in which no one on the silver and black impressed. Even Cory Joseph, whose week in Sin City has been better than expected, struggled to shine. CoJo finished with nine points and six assists, but committed an insane 10 turnovers, a couple of which were errant passes that sailed out of Joseph’s hands.

Really, the most intriguing moment of the game was the absence of Jacque Vaughn from the Spurs bench. Vaughn is in the running for the vacant Head Coach position with the Orlando Magic and his absence could be / probably is related. Taylor Jenkins, assistant coach with the Toros, took over head coaching duties against the Heat.

Much like Leonard’s growth earlier in the week, Joseph’s late-game struggles on Friday night could be a product of development. And while disappointing for him in the short term, he clearly wasn’t happy after the game when speaking to us media folks, it could serve him well in the grand scheme of things.

The Spurs return to the floor in their summer league finale on Saturday afternoon against the Dallas Mavericks. It’s one of the fiercest rivalries in all of summer league, which is to say it’s not fierce at all.