Wizards-Knicks Summer League highlights
LAS VEGAS –- On his first attempt, Chris Singleton popped into the lane and squared up from mid-range.
The ball rimmed out, and that happened several times in the 56-52 opening loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
The Wizards are far from a finished product, but Singleton vowed to take it upon himself to be a catalyst with rookies Otto Porter and Glen Rice on the summer league roster.
Singleton is a 6'8" forward entering his third season and is fighting to prove to the Wizards that he’s not only worthy of getting more playing time but having more of a voice.
First, he has to find his range and show consistency. The rest will come.
“I had a couple in-and-outs, a couple misses. Those are just shots I got to knock down going into the season,” Singleton said.
Singleton, who led his team with 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting and was the only player in double figures, was critical of the Wizards’ performance which helped set an all-time low in points scored (108) in a Las Vegas summer league game.
“No rhythm as a team. Just felt like we were just out there sometimes playing,” he said. “No consistency to how we were playing. Our intensity wasn't there. They brought it from the start of the game.”
The Wizards won't have much time to sulk over their 31% field-goal shooting or 21 turnovers. They face the New York Knicks on Sunday (CSN, 4 p.m. ET; replay 7).
Singleton was able to get past Draymond Green to get off his shot. Green had 15 points, but he was held 1-for-9 shooting as he was guarded by Singleton for long stretches.
In the fourth quarter, Green made a strong move to the basket. Singleton swatted his dunk attempt at the rim but was called for a foul. It appeared to be a no-call.
Singleton rarely smiles. When asked about the play that's all he could do as he ran over to greet a young fan turned back by security for trying to enter a restricted area to get his autograph.
"That was clean," Singleton said about the block. "He even told me, 'That was clean.'"