Jul 19, 2013, 2:45 AM EST
The Summer League tournament continued on Thursday, with some teams playing their last game in Vegas. Here are a few notes from the action.
• Dion Waiters finally broke out of an ugly slump with a good half of basketball.
Waiters had been shooting 29.5 percent through three Summer League games, plus he was turning the ball over too much. But Thursday he looked great in the first 20 minutes, hitting making 7-of-10 from the field for 15 points. He looked like what we expected, a guy capable of dominating at this level.
Of course, in the second half he was jacking up contested everything and went 5-of-13 from the floor. So a return to bad form. But he had 27 points on the night so maybe he can build on it.
• Raptors fans, your backup point guard Dwight Buycks has looked pretty solid all Summer League (he’s averaging 10 assists a game), then he looked fantastic on Thursday — 18 points and 10 assists. He was a Marquette player who bounced around Europe and the D-League sharpening his game, and it shows in Las Vegas.
• Another day, another strong outing for John Henson of the Bucks — 16 points, 13 rebounds. He has had a very good Summer League.
• We also could do the “another day, another strong outing” for Jonas Valanciunas 15 points, 12 rebounds and a couple of nice blocks. He was steady and patient when he got the ball on the block and just backed his man down.
• Another guy who has been pretty impressive all week is Golden State’s Kent Bazemore. Thursday was another example with 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting, (although he was 1-of-6 from three) and he grabbed six rebounds. He’s been the best player on an undefeated team in Vegas, which will get you in the Summer League MVP conversation.
• Dallas forward Jae Crowder tweaked his left ankle in the first half of Thursday’s game and did not return to action. Didn’t look too serious, but they are careful with these thins.
• Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out for the Bobcats (soon to be Hornets again) on Thursday. No injury, just a day off.
• Friday is consolation game action — 14 teams play, and it is the last game in Vegas for all of them. The eight teams still standing in the Summer League standings resume action on Saturday.
• Along the consolation game lines, the Trail Blazers have said they will sit all their starters Friday.
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