Despite missing a few shots he expects to make, including a pair of free throws that could have completed 3-point plays in the second half, Reggie Bullock had perhaps his best all-around game of the summer on Wednesday night.
He showed an ability to make plays out of the post, dropping off a no-look dish to JaMychal Green for a layup and also knocking down two turnaround jumpers, one from the baseline and another from the free-throw line extended.
It is certainly a positive sign that even when Bullock’s outside shot is not falling he can find other ways to score. Two nights ago, he did it from the foul line going 7-for-7, and on Wednesday, he did it from the mid-range area.
Bullock is shooting 56.7 percent (17-for-30) from 2-point range in four games, including 13-for-20 in his last two. Against Dallas he made a reverse layup after rebounding his own miss and made a gorgeous wrap-around dribble at center court that led to a straight-legged jumper from 18 feet where he hung in the air a little longer than his defender. He finished with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and made two deflections.
The only downside to his game was missing a few open looks, going 3-of-6 from the foul line and committing three turnovers, including stepping on the sideline on a catch in the short corner. But that’s why he’s in Vegas to try and work out the kinks. From the looks of it, though, there aren’t many to work through.
Reggie said it:
“I think I played pretty solid. We wanted to come out with the ‘W’ but we didn’t. I feel like we competed a lot better than we did in the previous game. We just have to get back in practice tomorrow and get back after it.”
Tyronn Lue said it about Reggie:
“Reggie’s been great. He’s been unbelievable. He competes on defense, doesn’t have much to say, takes his open shots, knocks down shots. He’s been great. I think he got a little tired tonight. He played a lot of minutes, eight days in row, counting practices and stuff. But he’s been unbelievable.”
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The Clippers entered the first-ever tournament portion of the Las Vegas Summer League Wednesday night as the No. 17 seed.
And after falling, 95-89, to the 16th seeded Dallas Mavericks in front of a sparse crowd in the night’s final game at Thomas & Mack Center they will end their stay in Las Vegas in the consolation round.
“I’m very disappointed [to be eliminated] because I liked the team we had,” Clippers Summer League head coach Tyronn Lue said. “I thought we had a good team with a lot of good players.”
Despite getting off to an early 10-point lead, the Clippers (1-3) were unable to overcome 21 turnovers and 47 points combined from Josh Akognon and Jackie Carmichael. The Clippers were led for the fourth-straight game by rookie first-round pick Reggie Bullock, who had 20 points along with five rebounds and four assists in 36:21.
Bullock and point guards Maalik Wayns and Jerome Randle, who had a personal Summer League-high 15 points and six assists, played a large role in helping the Clippers to a 26-16 advantage early in the second quarter. But Dallas responded with an extended 17-8 run that gave Dallas its first lead near halftime and they never let up, despite shooting 43.2 percent from the field.
“We did a great job defensively tonight,” Lue said, a game after admitting he was disappointed with the team’s defensive effort the previous two outings. “We held them to 43 percent shooting and if take away the second-chance points and the turnovers where we gave them easy layups they probably shot like 36 or 37 percent.”
The Clippers were haunted by their miscues Wednesday, particularly down the stretch, according to Bullock.
“We had some careless turnovers like mine at the top of the key, bouncing it off my foot and some by our point guards and stuff,” the rookie said. “Turnovers are going to happen in basketball game, but ours happened in a critical part of the game.”
When Bullock, who committed three turnovers, lost the ball off his foot it led to a breakaway dunk by Jae Crowder that squashed a run late in the third quarter. The Clippers also had costly turnovers and free throw misses in the fourth.
Still Wayns and Randle, playing together in the backcourt at times, provided a spark. Wayns made his first four shots and finished with a dozen points and Randle along with DaJuan Summers helped lead the Clippers charge in the final period. The 5-foot-10 Randle made a dazzling step-back jumper and connected with JaMychal Green for a pair of dunks, while Summers scored five points in a row to pull the Clippers to 87-84. That was as close as they’d get in the last three minutes.
Wayns seemed to like playing alongside Randle.
“I played off the ball in college, so I’m kind of used to it,” Wayns said. “It’s different in the league because you’re guarding bigger guys but my toughness and my physical attributes let me do it.”
Green, who had 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and nine boards, had his finest game of the summer.
“I like JaMychal Green a lot,” Lue said of the big man out of Alabama. “He can shoot the ball, he’s athletic, gives effort, he knows what he’s doing defensively, he picks it up great, he talks, coming out of timeouts when we draw up plays he knows what he’s doing, so I like JaMychal a lot.”
The Clippers play their final game of Summer League Friday at 1 p.m.