Portland Trail Blazers vs. Atlanta Hawks
Tip-off: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 15
Where: COX Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada
Channels: CSNNW, NBATV
In their second Summer League game, the Portland Trail Blazers came away with a win against the Houston Rockets, 75-67. Though no one (and I mean no one) shot particularly well, Thomas Robinson, C.J. McCollum, and Will Barton all looked pretty good. McCollum’s sneaky +22 for the Trail Blazers while on the floor may have been the most impressive statistic to go widely unnoticed in a game full of sporadic ups and downs. He and the rest of the team will have to keep it up in order to defeat the Atlanta Hawks this afternoon.
The Hawks are still reeling from a double-overtime loss to the D-League Select. Yes, the D-League has its own team and, yes, they dooped a squad that prominently features some rather high draft picks. To be fair, Summer League double-overtime rules dictate that the first basket wins (a “sudden death” scrap-fest that epitomizes Summer League), and the Hawks ran into some misfortune. An obvious goal tend went uncalled in DLS’ favor, but the Hawks had ample opportunity to regroup, so I can’t in good faith call it a robbery.
Still, Atlanta is not happy. Despite the efforts of Dennis Schroder, Mike Muscala, and the freshly drafted Adreian Payne, the Hawks are 0-2 in Las Vegas so far. The Trail Blazers now face the daunting challenge of containing an angry, underperforming team that is battling for favorable seeding in the upcoming Summer League tournament. Schroder dropped 30 points against the D-League Select, so watch for him to turn up the heat once again to give his team a fighting chance.