Mavs Lose Third Straight In Summer League
The third game in the Dallas Mavericks summer league slate in Las Vegas proved to be more of the same on Tuesday afternoon, as they fell to the Washington Wizards 85-79. The Mavs did make a late push at the end of the game, but weren’t able to get over the hump. Dallas, who once again struggled from the field offensively, shot just 33 percent, including 10.7 (yes you read that right) percent from three. The Mavs were also outrebounded once again 46-29 on the day.
Since game one, Mavs first-round pick Justin Anderson has been unable to match his debut performance, here scoring 15 points on 3-11 shooting. Anderson has been inconsistent to say the least, on both ends of the floor, and it’s fortunate that he has summer league to try and find his form moving forward.
Dwight Powell continues to perform well for Dallas. The Stanford product finished with 18 points and six rebounds, and is clearly the leader of this team. Powell should benefit from being the go-to guy during summer league, and the Mavs coaching staff hopes he will continue to progress. Powell struggled with his three ball for the majority of the game, and he might need to be a little bit more conservative with that when the regular season comes around.
The pleasant surprise of the day was for Dallas was center Jeremy Tyler, who finished with a double-double, including 15 points and 10 boards. Tyler left high school before his senior year to play in Israel, and was drafted in 2011 by the Golden State Warriors. Tyler spent his last season in China playing for the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons (awesome mascot right?), where he averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game. (Tyler isn't a potential answer on the level of Dallas' search among guys like McGee, Hollins, Dalembert and Seraphin. But he's worth a further look-see.)
Jordan Crawford is another guy with an NBA rep. He likes to shoot… a lot. Crawford finished three of 13 from the field and scored 12 points.
Satnam Singh didn’t play a single minute. If you’ve been paying attention to summer league, this shouldn’t come as a shock. He’s a big man, but he's not a professional basketball player worthy of this level.
With pool play wrapped up, Dallas will look to improve on offensive consistency heading into the tournament. If they want to win a game in the tournament they are going to have to warm up from the outside a little bit. Again, these are "practice games'' in which there are more important things than the score; the more summer league minutes Powell and Anderson play, the better.
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