For the second game in a row, rookie Reggie Bullock topped 20 points, scoring a team-best 22 points on 8-for-20 shooting (3-for-11 from distance). He also four rebounds and two assists.
There was plenty to take away from Bullock’s final game of the summer. He continued to show an ability to do things other than catch and shoot. His first two baskets were layups, he scored on a nice cut through the center of the lane, and made his way to the foul line on a driving layup attempt in the opening minutes of the third quarter. He also showed that unlike some players with his prolific shooting touch, he does not suffer from tunnel vision.
Bullock’s awareness stood on several occasions, but none other than passing up an open look from the corner for a dunk by Samardo Samuels, who Bullock found alone under the hoop. Earlier, after missing a 3-pointer and the possession being saved by an offensive rebound tipped to Jerome Randle, the point guard kicked it to an open Bullock who threw a skip pass to an even more open Scott Wood.
The only real blemishes on Bullock’s stat sheet came later when he likely was fatigued after averaging a team-high 32.0 minutes in five games in eight days. He missed all but one of his shots in the fourth, had two rebounds and committed a clear-path foul.
For the summer, Bullock averaged 18.0 points, 4.2 rebounds. 2.2 assists and shot 42.3 percent from the field.
Tyronn Lue said it about Reggie:
“I thought he did a good of as far as listening to what we were trying to do. Defensively, I thought he played great. After the first game, he locked into what we were trying to do and he learned it, picked it up quick. You see he can catch and shoot the ball, he moved the ball and made the right play. I like a lot of things he did this summer.”
7/19/13 | Eric Patten Follow @EricPatten
Too many times during their five-game slate in Las Vegas the Clippers struggled to make shots.
On Friday afternoon the trend emerged again and the Clippers fell, 91-80, to the Knicks at Cox Pavilion in the Summer League finale for both teams.
The Clippers finished 1-4 in the first-ever tournament-style Summer League. They were eliminated from the winner’s bracket by the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night before Friday’s loss to the Knicks in the consolation round.
They shot 41.1 percent as a team in five games, exacerbated by a 26.2-percent showing from 3-point range. Friday’s game was no different. They went 7-of-40 (17.5 percent) from distance with rookies Reggie Bullock and Elijah Johnson combining to go 5-for-22 on their own.
Bullock finished with a team Summer League-high 22 points, while Samardo Samuels had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Davies scored 14 points and Jerome Randle had nine points, eight assists and seven rebounds in their first starts of the summer.
Knicks first-round pick Tim Hardaway Jr. (bruised wrist) and Clippers point guard Maalik Wayns (strained right hip flexor) and forward JaMychal Green were out.
“It was a tough game,” Clippers Summer League head coach Tyronn Lue said. “There were a lot of injuries, having Maalik, having JaMychal out, Vernon [Macklin] was hurt, DaJuan [Summers] got hurt, J.J. (JaJuan Johnson) got hurt, so it was tough. To play this many games and have this many practices, injuries happen. I thought our guys played hard, played tough and competed.”
After Bullock made his first shot of the game, a layup nearly two minutes into the first quarter, the Knicks (2-3) promptly went on an 8-0 run. Effectively, the game remained in New York’s grasp from that point forward. The Clippers pulled to within three after Bullock’s flat-footed 3-pointer near the conclusion of the period, but never got closer.
The Knicks, led by Jeremy Tyler’s 20 points, shot 52.7 percent and had numerous opportunities in transition off of the seemingly endless rain of errant 3-pointers from the Clippers.
Midway through the fourth quarter it appeared L.A. might find their way back into. Randle made a pair of layups and Davies connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing (his first of the tournament) and then made a save along the right sideline leaping out of bounds that led to a free throw by Bullock before Elijah Johnson nailed a corner 3-pointer to slice New York’s lead to 11. The Knicks answered with seven consecutive points to put the game away.
Lue, who was coaching for the second year in a row at Summer League after leading the Boston Celtics in Orlando and Vegas last season, sounded as though he was trying to make the most of the Clippers’ four-straight losses when he spoke postgame.
“You want to win every game,” Lue said. “In certain situations like this, though, you’re just glad the guys are able to compete, have fun and enjoy it. Hopefully, they get a chance to play somewhere.”