Thomas Robinson: Playing Quicker, Attacking
LAS VEGAS -- Well, CJ McCollum looks pretty good so far. Unfortunately for the Portland Trail Blazers' entry in the summer league, nobody else does at this point.
The Trail Blazers were outscored by 20 points over the final three quarters Sunday night and lost to a lackluster Los Angeles Laker team 81-63. The Blazers had 19 turnovers, shot only 38.4 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from the foul line.
As always, we'll apply the usual summer-league warning label -- what you see here doesn't necessarily mean all that much in the future. Be real careful about making snap judgements at this point. But here are some observations after these two games in Thomas and Mack Center:
- McCollum made just six of 17 shots from the floor but the Lakers were ganging up on him. They trapped him whenever they could and harassed him on a lot of his shots, knowing full well Portland has nobody to take the pressure off him by making shots. I will say this about McCollum, though -- so far he's looked a lot more comfortable working for his own shot than he has setting up other players.
- Thomas Robinson can rebound. But so far, that's about all he's shown. He was three for 12 from the floor with five turnovers. He's got a long way to go to be any sort of factor at the offensive end.
- Allen Crabbe finally made a few shots (three of eight) but so far hasn't been impressive with his ball skills, defense or mobility.
- Will Barton was getting to the basket early, which translates into points for him. But as soon as the Lakers fenced him in a little, he struggled with his outside shooting. That's not new. Barton, by the way, suffered a knee strain and his status for the rest of the week is not known.
- Meyers Leonard made a few shots late but all in all, was not much of a force. He hit six of nine shots and grabbed five rebounds, had six fouls and two turnovers. I think he's suffering a lot from not having someone around to look for him for lobs and to throw it to him in the post. He's not getting the ball where he can do damage.
It just wasn't much of a game after the first quarter and Portland, after being thought of as one of the best teams here, has spent two games looking like one of the worst teams.