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Lead Story by: James Kaikis
Day 8 of the 2009 NBA Summer League saw some very familiar names make their way back into the headlines.
Sacto teammates Jason Thompson (23 & 10) and Tyreke Evans (18 points & 4 dimes) helped pull down the Kings first W. Both have been outstanding so far during Sin City action.
Austin Daye of the Pistons was a force again on Day 8. Daye hit for yet another double-double and as we have mentioned before, Daye has really turned heads in Vegas.
But the player we have been talking about all week that made the biggest headlines on Friday was former UNC Tar Heel Ty Lawson. Lawson's struggles this week have been well documented, but on Day 8 Lawson finally found his groove and then some.
HoopsTV's James Kaikis has that story and all the rest of the details from Day 8 at the NBA Summer League in Vegas.
Here's some notes from Day 8 of the NBA Summer League:
Daye Reflects on Performance
Pistons Austin Daye has been one of the top performers thus far in the NBA Summer League and on Day 8 he was good for 20 points and 10 rips. "I think I played really well. I had a game where I struggled but I bounced back." Daye said of his performance this week.
"We played really well as a team and won 4 out of 5 games. I'm really happy about that."
Daye finished the summer league with averages of 17 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. The Pistons first-round pick finished strong with three double-doubles in the last three games.
Team Tyreke Gets Back on Track
After a disappointing game against the D-League Select, Evans looked phenomenal vs. the Knicks. The first round pick was all over the court making nice passes, hitting shots with ease and playing tough defense.
In the first few minutes of the game Evans showed superior ball skills with a nasty crossover and fade away that made the crowd ooh and ahhh. Evans finished the game with 18 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Kings' second-year man Jason Thompson continued to impress the Vegas crowds. On Day 8 he posted yet another double-double (23 & 10).
Hill Struggles; JT Rolls On
Knicks first-round draft pick Jordan Hill really hasn't been the player many though he would be in this summer league.
"I still have a little work [to do]." Hill told HoopsTV. "I'm just trying to get better every time I step on the court."
Hill finished the game with 12 rebounds but went 3-11 from the field with 8 points. Hill was matched up against Kings Jason Thompson for some of the night. Thompson finished with 23 points and 10 boards. "
He is a good player." Hill said of Thompson. "He came out ready to play and did his thing; I just gotta be ready next time." Hill has the next two days to get his game going.
Flynn and Ellington Lead T-Wolves Charge
Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington led to Timberwolves to an 89-82 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday. Flynn was able to get to the basket early and often scoring 21 points and 5 assists off the bench.
"That is one thing that makes me special," Flynn said. "My ability to get a piece of the paint every time and creating shots for myself and other players."
When Flynn slowed down in the second half, Ellington picked up the pace, scoring nine of his 19 points in the second half. In a losing effort, Wizards guard Nick Young had 23 points.
"Lil' Peep" Pops Off:
Anthony "Lil' Peep" Roberson had a nice makeup game after a 0 point effort against Milwaukee two days ago. Roberson was able to find his shots shooting 9-16 from the field and finishing with 24 points.
Bulls' rookie James Johnson again struggled from the field scoring only 8 points but showed his versatility with 7 assists to go along with his 10 rebounds. "I was just trying to get a feel for the guys" Johnson said of his performance.
For the Thunder, No. 3 pick James Harden played very well scoring 20 points with 12 of those coming from beyond the arc.
Lawson Breaks Funk; Scores 26
In a matchup versus the 2008 NBA summer League's top player, Jared Bayless, Lawson finally broke his shooting slump going 11-16 from the field and finishing with 26 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Lawson told HoopsTV "it felt good just to get back in a rhythm." The Denver point guard played very well on defense as well. Lawson was explosive to the basket on numerous occasions and looked much more comfortable on the court than in his previous summer league games. The Nuggets defeated the Blazers 111-93.
Friday finals from Las Vegas
Detroit 92, Cleveland 86 : Daye goes for 20 & 10 (What else is new?) and the Pistons go to 4-1.
Sacramento 84, New York 71 : Thompson's double-double (23 & 10) brings home Sacto's first victory.
Minnesota 89, Washington 82 : Flynn (21 points) and Ellington (19) push Wolves to the W. We should probably get used to reading that first line.
Chicago 80, Oklahoma City 74 : Bulls guard and HTC Cat Anthony Roberson puts up 24. Thunder rookie James Harden scores 20.
Denver 111, Portland 93 : The Nuggs' Lawson hits for 26 and Weems throws in 24.
Phoenix 95, D-League Select 89 : In a losing effort former UMass star Gary Forbes had 26 and HTV cat Curtis "Hardest Worker" Stinson filled the stat sheet with a double-double (13 & 10 boards).