July 19, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Keith Benson (13) and guard Elijah Millsap (8) along with Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard (11) wait for the rebound off a free throw in the first half of the game at the Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Blazers (19) to Face Hawks (14) in Round 1

The bracket has been set for the first ever Las Vegas Summer League tournament. Of the 22 teams competing, the Blazers received the 19th seed (unsurprising after going 0-3 in preliminaries). The game will take place a 5:30pm PST.

Portland’s lineup:

CJ McCollum
Will Barton
Allen Crabbe
Terrel Harris
Victor Claver
Thomas Robinson
Joel Freeland
Meyers Leonard
Cedric Jackson
Dominic Waters
Olek Czyz
Dallas Lauderdale
Dexter Strickland
Damian Lillard

Atlanta’s lineup:

Dennis Schroder
John Jenkins
Lucas Nogueira
Mike Muscala
Mike Scott
Shelbin Mack
Jared Cunningham
John Millsap
Ed Daniel
Eric Dawson
Sergiy Gladyr
Bob Marjanovic
Adonis Thomas
Kyle Weems

Players to watch:

  • CJ McCollum is coming off of a 27 point effort against the Chicago Bulls. He has averaged 21.3 points per game in Summer League thus far, and has emerged as Portland’s go-to scorer.
  • Thomas Robinson had his best game of Las Vegas Summer League last night, putting up a 12 point/18 rebound double-double. He will be a force to reckon with on the boards.
  • John Jenkins came off the bench for the Hawks last year, but has been lighting it up in Summer League. We can expect to see 15-20 points from him- more if the Blazers do not step up their defense.
  • Mike Scott arrived in Atlanta last season in the Josh Childress trade with Phoenix. He’s not exactly a big name, but his 27 point performance on Monday counts just the same as McCollum’s.
  • Schroder and Nogueira are Atlanta’s notable rookies, and while they have yet to contribute standout numbers, anything could happen with them.

This is the Summer League equivalent of the playoffs. Every game matters now (as much as it can for Summer League). It’s time to see what Portland can do under pressure.

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