It’s interesting to watch pro-Laker, I mean, NBA TV’s Summer League broadcast. The crowd in Las Vegas was not surprisingly pro-Laker.
Reggie Miller was also pro-Laker. But even in that, you listen to the commentators and you get a point of view on the Wolves that you won’t hear in Minnesota.
After watching the game, here’s my thoughts on the 81-68 Summer League game win on 10 July, 2015 versus the Los Angeles Lakers.
For Towns, he looked solid.
Biggest surprise? Easily Payne who looked solid. His deeper jumper dropped (though he should refrain on 3s with this squad).
The Wolves’ passing will be dramatically improved. Surprisingly, it won’t be Jones. Towns will be a major reason. Towns had a couple sweet passes during the game and you will see that only improve as he learns where and how his teammates like the ball. He will make everyone better and in this Summer League, he found different guys.
Reggie Miller reminded those listening that it will “look very nice” for Coach Flip Saunders.
It didn’t take long to see Towns is a defensive addition. On one play he chased the Laker to the three-point line and contested the shot. As soon as the shot went up, he turned around and moved to collect the rebound. That was impressive! I expect we shall see that often in
LaVine at Point?
When Tyus was snagged from Cleveland, I was thinking that ended LaVine as a point guard. I’d love for him to use his skills to become a Corey Brewer style threat in the NBA. He did play point tonight and I’m hoping to see less and less of that as he’s better receiving the ball and using his athleticism.
Sam Mitchell pointed out the biggest upside on this squad, when he let NBA TV announcers know that the Wolves can attack teams in different ways.
For Wolves fans, the greatest part was the 4th quarter. Minnesota put LA away handily and showed good passing in the win. This was a great follow up to an amazing scrimmage at Target Center just two days ago.