Reggie Bullock, making his NBA debut, showed why he was considered one of the best shooters in the ACC as a junior at North Carolina and perhaps the top players available when the Clippers selected at No. 25 in the June 27 Draft.
He scored 18 points to lead the team in 31:02 and looked comfortable in catch-and-shoot situations as well as making plays when necessary. He went 8-for-15 from the field, making two 3-pointers with his patented quick-draw release and five jumpers from 2-point range. He also knocked down a baseline floater and had a great looking pass on a backdoor cut by Samardo Samuels that led to a dunk.
He also added three blocked shots, including a ferocious rejection along the left baseline in the third quarter that sent the ball flying out of bounds.
Reggie said it:
“It felt good, getting out there with the players. We’ve been practicing all week preparing for this game. For me, it’s shooting the ball and defending. I tried to play my game and help my team get a win.”
Blake Griffin said it about Reggie:
“I just wanted to see him shoot. I know the coaches have told him every open shot you get, shoot it. I saw him in the gym [Thursday] and he was shooting really well.”
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LAS VEGAS – About midway through the second quarter Friday afternoon the Clippers hit the Atlanta Hawks with a barrage of 3-pointers that seemingly never let up.
The hot shooting and an overwhelming second quarter helped the Clippers cruise to a 90-83 win in the Summer League opener for both teams at Cox Pavilion.
Clippers first round draft pick Reggie Bullock was a major part of the 28-4 spurt that last a majority of the second. He scored nine of his team-best 18 points in the quarter and nailed a quick-release 3-pointer from the left corner after the Clippers pushed the ball up the floor on a Brandon Davies blocked shot.
That’s what the Clippers loved about him when he was at North Carolina: his ability to space the floor and seemingly get a shot off from anywhere, anytime.
Asked how much emphasis the coaching staff has put on pulling the trigger on his jumper without hesitation, Bullock grinned, saying, “Pretty much day one, since I got here. That’s what they brought me in to do, so if I’m open I’ve got to let it fly.”
But Bullock was not the only Clipper firing away. The team made nine of their 23 3-pointers (39.1 percent).
Forward DaJuan Summers, who was a member of the Clippers’ regular-season roster in the final two months of last season before being waived by the team on July 9, scored 15 points with five rebounds. He was 3-for-5 from 3-point distance, making all three in the first half when L.A. went 8-for-15 from long range as a team.
“He played great,” said Maalik Wayns, who scored seven points with a team-high seven assists. “I know that’s what he can do. He’s a great player and he’s been out of school for about four or five years, so he knows the NBA game and he knows what to expect.”
Samardo Samuels added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, while second-year guard John Jenkins led all scorers with 24 points for Atlanta.
For Samuels, who spent three NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was about trusting each other despite only spending the last week together prior to Friday’s opening game.
“Trust is a big thing,” Samuels said. “Every championship team has trust. You go into this game knowing that if you get beat baseline somebody’s there to help you.”
Defensively, the Clippers had eight steals and six blocked shots, including three by Bullock and two by Davies, an undrafted rookie out of BYU, and forced 17 Atlanta turnovers.
The Hawks committed eight turnovers in the second quarter when the Clippers turned a two-point deficit into a 22-point lead. Many of the miscues were live-ball situations, leading to run outs for L.A. Wayns nailed a floater off a steal and a few possessions later found Samuels for a layup when he ripped the ball free from Shelvin Mack.
The Clippers maintained the double-digit lead until late in the fourth quarter when Atlanta cut it to as low as five.
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