As Summer League play continued on Sunday, several Cats continued to shine. With PJ Washington officially out for the tournament due to a sore foot, we were robbed of a chance to see some Cat-on-Cat crime as Keldon Johnson and Spurs faced the Hornets today. However, with the Knicks (Kevin Knox) facing the Suns (Derek Willis), at least there was a little opportunity for a Battle of the Blue.
For Keldon, it was another solid day as he played 27 minutes and scored 19 points while also grabbing 4 rebounds. He was also a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line which is always nice to see. Reid Travis however, did not have the best of games. He only saw 7 minutes of playing time and scored 1 point and had 1 rebound.
For Jarred Vanderbilt, it was a solid game as the Nuggets faced the Magic. In 25 minutes, Jarred only scored 4 points, but he did get 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and 1 block to round out a balanced game.
Perhaps one of the surprises of the day was Mychal Mulder’s performance in the Bulls’ loss to Cleveland. Mulder led the Bulls in minutes played (32) and points scored (18) and was 50% from 3-point range (3-6). Mychal also added 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Tyler Herro had an excellent game. Though Herro still remains unsigned with the Heat (word is it’s just getting finer details of the money), he is certainly showing Pat Riley he can be a most valuable asset to the Heat organization. Tyler played 30 minutes on Sunday and scored a smooth 16 points while gathering 7 rebounds and 5 assists. While he remains perfect at the free throw line for Summer League, he had another off night from 3-point range (1-8) but that clearly hasn’t stopped him from doing other good things on the court.
Kentucky fan favorite Derek Willis got to play 19 minutes for the Suns as they faced Kevin Knox and the Knicks. Willis had 5 points and 2 rebounds. To that, he added 1 assist and 1 steal in his quest to get the attention, and hopefully a contract with an NBA team. Knox fared better, playing 33 minutes, scoring 12 points (3-5 from 3-point range), 4 rebounds, and icking up an assist.
Isaac Humphries got off the bench early for the Clippers and quickly made a 3-point basket. While he missed his other 3-point attempts, he finished his night with 8 minutes, 8 points, and 5 rebounds. As an aside, it almost seems surreal that 2 weeks ago tonight, I was listening to Humphries in the Lexington Opera House as he performed his concert “Songs of My Life” to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington. While at UK, I always thought of Isaac as a basketball player who could also sing. Now I consider him a singer who can also play basketball.
Skal Labissiere still did not play for Portland, but his name at least appeared on the roster tonight. Baby steps, right?
Games of interest tomorrow:
Philadelphia vs. Oklahoma City 3pm ESPNU
Dallas vs. Sacramento 3:30pm NBATV
Boston vs. Cleveland 7:30pm NBATV
Minnesota vs. San Antonio 9 pm ESPNU
Chicago vs. New Orleans 9:30pm NBATV