2012 Las Vegas Summer League: Notes from Game 2
Just a few notes and observations for you from last night’s Spurs 92-81 win over the Lakers. I’ve got a foot out the door on my way to Vegas, so the content should improve beginning with tonight’s Spurs game against the Clippers.
- Kawhi Leonard continued where he left off against the Hawks, notching 27 points, eight boards and three assists. There were growing pains, no doubt, but it’s good to see that he can handle the offensive load. While Kawhi finished with four turnovers, he made a lot of plays that were unseen during his rookie season. In essence, he’s growing.
- Cory Joseph played well against the Lakers. Joseph seemed to have a better feel for running the point guard position, at least more than he did against the Hawks. CoJo finished with 18 points on 8-12 shooting, five assists and three steals. Two areas where I think Joseph can make a home in the NBA are defensively and as a shooter. Joseph has a larger frame than it initially seems and does well to pressure the ball. If he can develop his point guard instincts and knowledge of the system, he could find his place in the NBA.
- While he played about half as many minutes as in Game 1, Eric Dawson finished with just four points and two rebounds. Looking for a, ahem, bounce back performance from him Wednesday against the Clippers.
- While Dawson struggle, Tyler Wilkerson played well against the Lakers. Wilkerson finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in Game 2 and impressed in his limited minutes in the first game against the Hawks. Could end up a training camp invitee.
- Just three minutes of anonymous action from Ryan Richards on Tuesday.
- After not playing against the Hawks, Alexis Ajinca racked up about 13 minutes of playing time on Tuesday. The results weren’t pretty. While Ajinca is very large, his mobility is bad. On one play in particular, Ajinca helped on the pick-and-roll and was absolutely frozen by the ball-handling guard. The Laker guard went right to the basket for a layup before Ajinca even reacted. With as much trouble as the Spurs have defending the PnR, I don’t think Ajinca is the answer as a fourth or fifth big.