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NBA Summer League: Liveblogging Day 2

10/20/2009

Maurice Brooks
Day 2 is underway with the Raptors clinging to a small lead over the Kings. Toronto's Joey Graham (18 points) and Sacramento's Spencer Hawes (14) are slugging it out for game-high scoring honors midway through the third period.

On a side note, all that stuff about anything goes in Vegas is not entirely true. Last night I was denied entry -- to of all things, an NBA Summer League party -- at the Palms for wearing shorts. Sure I know you're supposed to wear pants to the club, but when it's 108 degrees outside, I thought that rule went out the window. Apparently not.

In the comments section of yesterday's live blog, someone wrote that Ron Artest had been traded to the Lakers. If that is the case, someone forgot to tell Ron-Ron because he's here hanging out with Kevin Martin sitting behind the Kings' bench.

I know it's only Day 2, but this has been the most entertaining game so far. Think pickup ball in the park -- complete with Quincy Douby cherry picking. Toronto's Jaycee Carroll (as I'm typing this, he fired up an airball) can really shoot it, and Hawes shoots and passes a lot better than I remember.

Graham is attacking the basket every time he gets a touch, and although he has eight fouls (you are allowed 10 before fouling out in summer league), he has 24 points.

The Kings earned the 93-86 victory over the Raptors thanks to Hawes and Douby combining to score 43 points. Patrick Ewing, Jr. got the start at forward for the Kings, missing all four of his shot attempts and finishing with zero points.

I'm looking forward to watching the Bobcats' D.J. Augustin and the Clippers' Eric Gordon in the next game. Although I didn't think Charlotte needed another point guard, I love the way Augustin gets up and down the floor.

Maybe I put the jinx on Augustin who hasn't done anything in the early going to distinguish himself. He finished the period with zero assists and no points. Just like last night, Gordon once again is showing that he is not shy. He squeezed off four shots, while playing the entire first period, but only connected on one.

For the second day in a row, the gym is full. I guess it's a hoop junkie's dream. For $20 you get to see four games featuring young hungry players, get closer to the NBA action than you normally would and you're in Las Vegas. I guess that is a winning formula.

At halftime, everyone in attendance got all of the proof needed that those who can't play, heckle. "Clipper Darrell", who has worn a homemade Clippers outfits to the arena the last two days and made life miserable for L.A. opponents, was chosen to participate in a shooting contest. Showing off form that even Bill Cartwright could make fun of, he only made one of his 10-plus shot attempts. Also, he got a taste of his own medicine -- the crowd booed.

Augustin has done a good job getting off his own shot, although he hasn't been in playmaker mode. Through three quarter he is 4-for-7 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the line for a total of 14 points. He has just one assist.

If I were on the Clippers' coaching staff, I'd sit Al Thornton. He doesn't need the extra work. He has 19 points and six boards and pretty much can do what he wants, when he wants. This will be the last summer that we will ever see him playing summer league ball.

Gordon's shaky shooting from the floor has apparently carried over to the foul line where he is a Shaq-like 3-for-7. That is almost as bad as his shooting from 3-point range (1 of 5).

It looks like Gordon has pulled his hamstring. He went to the hole and when he came down he immediately grabbed the back of his leg. The medical staff is taking a look.

Gordon limped off the court following the Clippers' 81-66 loss. This is what he had to say after the game.

"I hurt it pretty bad and don't know what is going to happen," Gordon said. "I'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Gordon, who finished with 15 points on 4-for-10 shooting, was pleased that he went to the free-throw line 10 times (making six).

"I pride myself on getting to the line, even if my shot isn't falling," Gordon said.

Gordon looks forward to playing with L.A.'s new point guard.

"Me and Baron [Davis] have similar styles," Gordon said. "We can both play the one and the two and I'm going to do anything I can to help the team."

Augustin didn't score any more points and finished with two assists. He was happy with how he performed once his nerves calmed down.

"In the beginning, I was a little shaky," Augustin said. "This was my first time out. I did better as the game went on and I was trying to get the ball to my teammates."

Augustin is looking forward to working with first-year Bobcats coach Larry Brown.

"Coach Brown likes to teach and I'm learning a lot," Augustin said. "I was a little surprised the Bobcats drafted me, but I'm happy to be here."

Andre Iguodala, J.R. Smith and Marcus Camby were all in the house to watch the Nuggets blow out the Sixers in Game 3.

Just like I don't want to see Thornton play for the Clippers, I think the Sixers should shut down Thaddeus Young for the rest of the Vegas trip. He followed up yesterday's monster game by posting 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Anyone that is in their team's regular rotation, doesn't need to be here.

Marreese Speights played under more control today and finished all of his shots around the basket. The rookie missed just two of nine shots, scoring 14 and he grabbed five rebounds. The Sixers still need an outside shooter and nobody on the summer league roster appears ready to fill that void.

Watching how smooth Dahntay Jones plays, it is hard to believe that he has not had a better career. He has all of the tools. He paced the Nuggets with 21 points, hitting 8-for-15 from the floor.

The Bucks, who are playing their first game, are about to take the floor against the Grizzlies.

Milwaukee first-round pick Joe Alexander was active, but his numbers so far aren't pretty. Playing almost 18 minutes in the first half, he scored just five points and pulled down three rebounds. He missed six of his first seven attempts.

What a difference a night makes. Darrell Arthur couldn't miss on Friday, but he has made just 2 of 7 to start the game tonight. Meanwhile, one minute into the third period, O.J. Mayo has already taken the same amount of shots as he did all of yesterday. He is 4-for-10 from the floor for a game-high 12 points. Make or miss, there is no doubt his confidence is growing.

The Bucks keep leaving Mayo open in the corner and he keeps making them pay. He just hit back-to-back triples, giving him a game-high 23 points after three quarters.

Memphis' 88-79 win wraps up Day 2. Mayo tallied 26 points on 9-for-19 shooting (4 of 6 on 3s) and he cut his turnovers in half (4) from Friday.

Alexander made just 2 of 13 shots for a total of seven points.