SL roundup: Wizards face Grizz on Wednesday

SL roundup: Wizards face Grizz on Wednesday
July 17, 2013, 11:00 am
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Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely (24) shoots the ball over New York Nicks center Jerome Jordan during the fourth quarter of an NBA Summer League game at Cox Pavillion.

(Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)

Updated 4:50 p.m.

Thanks to Jan Vesely's offensive prowess, the Wizards finally found a winning formula in Las Vegas. Now their potential jackpot run - a.k.a. playing in the inaugural Summer League tournament - begins against the Memphis Grizzlies at 6:30 ET on Wednesday inside the Thomas & Mack Center.

Tuesday's 97-69 victory over the Denver Nuggets improved the Wizards summer league to 1-2, good enough for the No. 12 seed in the 22-team field. The Grizzlies (0-3) were one of four winless teams in the field. Click here for the entire bracket.

With a win, Washington then plays No.5 Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in round 2 with coverage on Comcast SportsNet. While each team is guaranteed to play at least five games, those reaching the championship game on July 22 would play in eight games (CSN will televise the semifinals and finals should the Wizards advance).

If the Wizards fall to Memphis, their final contest would take place on Friday against either New Orleans or Denver at the Thomas & Mack Center, also at 6:30 ET. This game would also be broadcast on CSN.

Regardless of how many more games are in store for the Wizards play, they may do so without first round pick Otto Porter. The former Georgetown star played only seven minutes against the Nuggets due to right hamstring tightness. Considering its injury situation at the start of last season, Washington may simply decide to be extra cautious with Porter. (Update - the Wizards announced on Wednesday afternoon that Porter is "day-to-day" with the hamstring tightness. While not a moving-the-story-forward update, it adds to the assumption that he's doubtful to face the Grizzlies).

With his 18 points in 9 of 11 shooting against the Nuggets including a couple of perimeter jumpers, Vesely is averaging a team-high 11.3 points on 64 percent (16 of 25) shooting. Playing with more confidence and consistent activity around the rim, the third-year forward also leads Washington in rebounding (6.7) and blocks (1.7).

In other summer league news...

  • The Warriors were among the teams that went 3-0 pre-tournament, including a win over Washington. Chicago, Phoenix and the NBA D-League select team also remain unscathed.
  • Bulls guard Andrew Goudelock leads the field in scoring with 22.7 points per game followed by Portland rookie guard C.J. McCollum (21.3). 
  • D.C. area native Thomas Robinson averaged 12.0 rebounds in three games for Portland and had 18 boards along with 12 points in the Trail Blazers loss on Tuesday. The 6-foot-9 power forward has already been traded twice since drafted by Sacramento with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

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