July 10, 2018, 1:48 am
After putting on an offensive clinic their last game, the Wolves relied on their defense to win this one. Who better man for the job than Josh Okogie?
Once again the Wolves’ first round pick put on a show with his athleticism, swiping three more steals and even more deflections. In three games Okogie now has seven steals, including this beauty.
Okogie playing free safety out here pic.twitter.com/cftYgDATu1
— Hoop Ball Wolves (@HoopBallWolves) July 10, 2018
Offensively he’s still struggling to find his footing, but he’s been aggressive in each game. Tonight he finished with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer. He’s averaged 12.3 points per game so far, though on 38 percent shooting. Luckily, come the regular season the Wolves aren’t going to be looking for his offense, it will be his defense that earns him minutes.
Keita Bates-Diop followed up his dominating performance yesterday (24 points, 11 rebounds) with a more modest, but well-rounded game. He finished with 11 points, six rebounds, four steals and two 3-pointers.
Okogie and Bates-Diop have quickly meshed well together and their camaraderie on the court is already noticeable. The classic rookie mistakes are there (blown pick-and-roll coverage, guys running into each other, speed of the game etc.), but the dynamic on the court with both guys is unlike anything the Wolves had on their bench last year. These guys aren’t stepping in day-one and making a huge impact, but looking ahead (maybe even a couple years) it’s easy to see how these two play well off each other.
Amile Jefferson scored just five points, but pulled 12 rebounds and blocked four shots. Jefferson is a bit of an odd fit for the modern NBA. He’s undersized at 6’9″, but is a tenacious rebounder. He’s quick and has tools to succeed defensively guarding most ‘fours’ and some ‘fives’, but his offensive profile is extremely limited, which makes it tough to keep him on the floor.
You’d like to see him add some range offensively because his rebounding can be really useful in a pinch (especially for the Wolves, who surprisingly struggled in that regard last year). A tough rebounder that can hit a 3-pointer would be a nice addition to this roster.
Charles Cooke started again, but scored just six points and had just a single rebound.
Jared Terrell matched his scoring output from last night with 13 points, but he had no assists for the second time in three games. He now has just two assists this summer in 55 minutes (but only three turnovers, at least).
After their 78-69 victory, the Wolves sit at 2-1 headed into the bracket portion of the Summer League. Their next game is yet to be determined, but they will have at least two more coming up.
April 20, 2019, 8:35 pmJakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl finished with eight points, nine rebounds, two assists and one block on 3-of-5 shooting in Saturday's loss against the Nuggets.
Poeltl logged 30 minutes tonight but wasn't able to slow down Nikola Jokic, who was on a mission to tie the series and not let his team be down 3-1 before heading back in their home court. Coach Gregg Popovich knows that there's only so much that Poeltl can do so he'll be expecting him to at least make Jokic force some shots in their next game.
April 20, 2019, 8:30 pmWill Barton - G - Denver Nuggets
Will Barton wasn't able to do much in Game 4 on Saturday with 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting to go with four rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 15 minutes off the bench.
He has been horrendous the entire series so it's not surprising to see that Coach Mike Malone decided to shake the starting lineup in order to garner a different result before heading back to Denver. Luckily for them, putting Torrey Craig in the starting lineup proved to be the answer they need in tieing this series up. Barton made the most out of his 15 minutes by firing 10 shots and making all three of his 3-pointers. This might be his role moving forward as long as Craig is making positive impact on the floor.
April 20, 2019, 8:25 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic double-doubled in Saturday's Game 4 win with 29 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.
Jokic was looking for his shot the whole night and led the charge for the Nuggets as they steal one in San Antonio before heading back to the Mile High City. His aggressiveness tonight opened up the floor for both Jamal Murray and Torrey Craig who took advantage of the open looks they received in tonight's matchup. A locked-on Jokic is just what Denver needs if they're going to close out the Spurs in their first-round matchup.
April 20, 2019, 8:18 pmGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris only scored eight points on 2-of-9 shooting with six boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in Saturday's win over the Spurs.
The inefficient night can be forgiven in tonight's matchup but the Nuggets need Harris to show up whenever Jamal Murray is struggling to find his groove. It's been hard for him to find consistency in his game this year because of the myriad of injuries that he succumbed to this whole season.
April 20, 2019, 8:12 pmJamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray played 31 minutes in Saturday's Game 4 win, scoring 24 points with two rebounds and three 3-pointers.
Murray decided to show up in Game 4 to help the Nuggets tie the series at 2-2 before heading back to Denver. The inconsistency is to be expected since he's still young but tonight, he was able to find his shot over Derrick White, who has been playing out of his mind in this series as well. The Blue Arrow needs to show up every night in order for the Nuggets to knock off the Spurs in their first round matchup.
April 20, 2019, 8:08 pmTorrey Craig - F - Denver Nuggets
Torrey Craig started in Saturday's win over the Spurs and tallied 18 points with eight rebounds, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers.
Craig made sure that Coach Mike Malone didn't make a mistake in putting him in the starting lineup by rewarding him with an efficient and all-around stat line in tonight's game. He was also 6-of-9 in the 37 minutes that he played in and was a key contributor in tonight's win over the Spurs.
April 20, 2019, 8:06 pmPaul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap only scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting with four boards, one steal and one block in Saturday's win over the Spurs.
Millsap struggled in tonight's game but was still a positive difference for the Nuggets who needed to win tonight's game or risk being down 3-1 in this series. Handling LaMarcus Aldrige all night is a tough task for anyone so kudos to Millsap for staying on his hip the whole time he was on the court.
April 20, 2019, 8:03 pmDeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan was ejected in the fourth quarter after arguing for a charge called on him.
DeRozan wasn't able to keep his cool in this one and got ejected after the referee didn't appreciate his gesture of throwing the ball in discontent. DeRozan finished the night with 19 points, five rebounds, five assists in 34 minutes of action before leaving the court.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk
April 20, 2019, 7:16 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) will play in Game 3 on Saturday.
Griffin missed the first two games of the series and the Pistons got worked in both games. It's not too surprising that Griffin is active for the team's first home playoff game since 2015-16.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
April 20, 2019, 6:54 pmRodions Kurucs - F - Brooklyn Nets
Rodions Kurucs did not play in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Sixers.
The second round rookie started the first three games of the series but was a DNP-CD in this one. We'll see if he can get into Game 5 – or any games after if needed – but there's a chance his season is over. If it's over, it was an impressive first season for the second rounder and the Nets may have a real rotation piece going forward.