Lakers vs. Cavs (7/11)

Lakers vs. Cavs (7/11)

Postby JSM on Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:08 pm

Box Score wrote:The Los Angeles Lakers trailed only once during their 88-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on the second day of the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports from the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.

The Lakers led nearly the entire game except for a 17-second span early in the first quarter. Los Angeles slowly extended its lead throughout the game from two points at the end of the first to six at the half. The third quarter witnessed them increase the cushion to as much as nine in the third and then to a game-high 14 in the final frame.

“I thought everyone played hard, we were able to play really physical I thought we did a great job,” Lakers Summer League Head Coach Chucky said after today’s game. “We need to sharpen up our defense a little bit more and I think we’ll be alright.”

Los Angeles finished the game shooting .508 percent, as the team had four players reach double digits. Adam Morrison led the way with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field. David Monds and Alan Anderson chipped in 12 apiece, while Ben McCauley closed out the foursome with 10.

Cleveland, on the other hand, shot .426 percent from the field, which was greatly aided by a .475 percent effort in the second half. After the first 20 minutes of action, the Cavaliers had made more free throws (15) than field goals (10). They closed the game with 29 field goals and 19 free throws made.

The Cavaliers had double-digit outputs by four players. Danny Green led the team in a losing effort with 16 points. Christian Eyenga and Leo Lyons pitched in 14 apiece, while Darnell Jackson had 11.

Ammo with another strong offensive performance.

Based on the box, looks like Elonu was a little more active today (9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks).
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Re: Lakers vs. Cavs (7/11)

Postby pureuncut100 on Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:14 pm

If Morrison could be a knock down shooter for the Lakers he may be worth his weight in gold. if not, he will be gone. The one thing I think this team is missing is a knock down shooter.

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Re: Lakers vs. Cavs (7/11)

Postby JSM on Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:20 pm

Rob Miech of the Las Vegas Sun wrote:Lakers pack 'em in

4:53 p.m.

Adam Morrison littered the Cavaliers with 22 points in the Lakers' 88-82 victory Saturday, and a packed Cox Pavilion watched Los Angeles improve to 2-0 in the Summer League.

Ben McCauley, who had such a sterling performance Friday, cooled off with 10 points and 7 rebounds. David Monds hit all five of the shots he attempted off the bench for 12 points for the Lakers. Danny Green led Cleveland with 16 points, and Jawad Williams (6-for-10) and Leo Lyons (7-for-11) each scored 14 points off the bench for the Cavs.

Lakers second-year guard Mustafa Shakur eagerly shook the hands of two Spanish writers after the game.
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Re: Lakers vs. Cavs (7/11)

Postby earvinfr on Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:40 pm

Let Morrison get some more value so we can easily trade him for his expiring K as well as his basketball value. And so get a better deal.

Before, this summer league Morrison only worth a second round pick, if he keeps playing at this level may be Mitch can get a first round.
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Re: Lakers vs. Cavs (7/11)

Postby JSM on Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:20 am

Mike Trudell of wrote:Adam Morrison’s 22 points paced L.A. in its second Summer League win in as many tries as the Lakers defeated Cleveland 88-82 on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.

A day after scoring 24 points against Toronto, Morrison converted 8-of-16 field goals - including 4-of-6 from downtown - and pitched in four rebounds with three assists against the Cavs.

Lakers second round pick Chinemelu Elonu (pictured) used his 23 minutes of burn to put up nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, plus five boards and two blocks, a day after he played just 14 minutes.

It was a relatively easy win for the Lakers, who trailed just once early in the first quarter before steadily pushing the lead to as many as 14 in the fourth quarter.

“I thought everyone played hard, we were able to play really physical I thought we did a great job,” said Lakers Summer League Head Coach Chucky Brown to “We need to sharpen up our defense a little bit more and I think we’ll be alright.”

L.A. outshot the Cavs 50.8 to 42.6 percent, and made seven three-pointers to help cover a poor effort from the free throw line (15-of-27, 55.6 percent). The Lakers also held a seven-rebound edge (39-32) and had four players in double figures led by Morrison.

The Lakers’ Vegas crew has Sunday off before a Monday evening tilt with Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and the L.A. Clippers, set to tip at 8:30 p.m.

Aran Smith of NBA wrote:Neither Kobe Bryant nor LeBron James were present, and unfortunately for fans neither was a very exciting basketball game. Both teams are lacking much in the way of rookie talent to watch so to put it bluntly, this was a yawner.

The game marked the summer league debut of rookie Danny Green (16 points,4/6 3fg). His contribution was not enough to defeat the Adam Morrison (22 points,4 rebs,3 assists) led Lakers squad, as the Cavs went down 88-82.

Morrison overcame a poor 1/5 start by connecting on 7 of his next 9 shots and helping the lakers to a 6 point lead at the main break. Morrison's percentage increased with improved shot selection as the game went on. Jamont Gordon nearly had the dunk of the week to date when he just fell short of posterizing Aaron Baynes who managed to save face by fouling him enough for the ball to rim out. Alan Anderson (12 points) helped set the Laker pace in the first half leading all scorers with 9.

It was Morrison who dominated the third scoring 8 points. Anderson got the crowd excited again by connecting on a 3 point runner at the end of the third, giving the Lakers a commanding 9 point lead.

The fourth quarter showcased the talents of both teams 2009 draft picks. First rounder (30th pick) Christian Eyenga showed his explosiveness skying high to make a spectacular block. He flashed above average NBA athleticism and a good body in warm ups with a number of windmills, but as of now his skill level and feel for the game appears extremely raw.

Green was solid in his debut. He plays within himself and rarely takes a bad shot. The Lakers second round pick Chinemelu Elonu (9 points,5 rebs,2 blocks) had some solid moments in the 4th converting on nice set-ups from Morrison and Mustafa Shakur (5 pts,4 rebs). The Cavs couldn’t make inroads and in the end came up 6 points short.

The Lakers are back on Monday to take on 2009 #1 draft pick Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. Cleveland is back on the docket tomorrow against the Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee Bucks.
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Re: Lakers vs. Cavs (7/11)

Postby ammofan on Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:06 am

Morrison is playing really well. one thing i noticed is that when he misses it doesn't seem to get him down like it used too. He looks for the next smart shot to take or even the smart pass. He is really knocking down great shots
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Re: Lakers vs. Cavs (7/11)

Postby SignPippenNow on Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:57 am

Elonu started Saturday's game and looked like he did at College Station. He played well. Missed FT's kept him out of double figures and he was very active on D. Hope he does well against Blake on Monday. The two had some battles in college. It may not be as one sided as most think. Elonu isn't nearly as good as Blake on O, but is better on D. Both are very athletic. Should be fun.

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Re: Lakers vs. Cavs (7/11)

Postby Piston Boris on Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:28 pm

David Green was a second round steal that the Cavs had lucked into. The Pistons had considered drafting him. I groaned when Cleveland picked him.

Christian Eyenga is another bust on Ferry's record, though. He's already being critized by fans and media for that selection. I often wonder what sort of plan he operates by?
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