After a brutal shellacking at the hands of Miami, the Lakers' summer league squad responded very well against San Antonio, a team that, if anything, has even more talent than the Heat due to the presence of solid second year player Kawhi Leonard. Darius Morris was the star of the show, putting up 24 points and nailing every single one of his shot attempts, as well as appearing far more comfortable in the halfcourt than he did a few games ago. Indeed, Morris has quickly outdistanced practically every player on the roster: he leads the team in scoring, is the only non-big shooting better than 40% -- a somewhat depressing statistic made more impressive by the utterly putrid shooting numbers the team as a whole has been putting up -- and is making quite the push to at least be considered for the backup point guard spot on the senior squad behind Steve Nash.
In any case, the final game of summer league is usually a bit wonky, as by this point, the front office brass has formed their impressions of most of the players, so there is a number of ways this could go. Some guys near the end of the bench like Reeves Nelson, who had a few nice hustle plays last game, could see more time, or the standard rotation will prevail as the team tries to get a bigger sample size. Either way, the Lakers will face the Clippers and the awesome wrath of one Adam Morrison, summer league star extraordinaire and proud owner of two championship rings. Other notables include young point guard Eric Bledsoe, also known as the guy the Clippers valued so highly they refused to give him up for Chris Paul, as well as Trey Thompkins and Terrico White.
As we watch, a few things to look out for after the jump.
- Whether Andrew Goudelock can bounce back from a truly miserable summer league thus far. He is shooting 28.3%, shamelessly breaking offensive possessions to put up shots, appears lackluster at creating for his teammates, and still looks like a defensive liability. He very well could be the odd man out come training camp to ensure that the team doesn't have an unnecessary glut in the backcourt.
- Is there another guy who can distinguish himself among the group of Laker draft picks besides Robert Sacre? Darius Johnson-Odom has played some solid defense and has been surprisingly decent at finding people off the pick-and-roll, but needs to find his shot. Ater Majok and Chinemelu Elonu basically have one last shot tonight to get a training camp invite should they desire not to play out their entire careers overseas.
- Will the bench warmers get some time? D-Leaguers Gary Flowers and Kevin Palmer have not logged a single minute of play, and as noted above, Reeves Nelson could attract some attention from a front office somewhere with a good showing in extended minutes. At this point, they are auditioning less for the Lakers than for a team willing to give them a paycheck.