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Hot Takes from Blazers' Win Over Knicks in 2022 NBA Summer League Championship

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 17, 2022

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The Portland Trail Blazers haven't won an NBA title since 1977, but they can celebrate their second Las Vegas Summer League title in five years after an 85-77 win over the New York Knicks.

Brandon Williams scored 22 points to lead his team in the championship game Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center, while Trendon Watford had 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Fans reacted to the team's performance in Vegas:

Alex Tam 譚汶材 @alexctam

If the Blazers can somehow duplicate this style of defense to the actual season, man … watch out.<br><br>They are really getting after it.

Big Gorgeous and the Best at Everything @IanKarmel

The only team that can stop the Blazers Summer League team is the Blazers regular season team.

Casey Holdahl @CHold

I don't think the Blazers really have anyone all that close to earning all-Summer League honors, and yet they're a half away from winning the championship

PointsBet Sportsbook @PointsBetUSA

All these dudes on the Blazers summer league team really won a ring before Dame <a href="https://t.co/cFlrTE8D9E">pic.twitter.com/cFlrTE8D9E</a>

Bobby Gerould @BobbyGerould

Congratulations to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Blazers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Blazers</a> on the Summer title. They did it with versatile forwards, a good point guard and solid pieces. <a href="https://t.co/S8gBTMmcrs">pic.twitter.com/S8gBTMmcrs</a>

Fred Katz @FredKatz

The Blazers just beat the Knicks in the summer league championship game. Portland defense hounded Quentin Grimes all game. Grimes finished with 19 points on 5-16 shooting.<br><br>Tremendous, encouraging summer league from Grimes as a scorer &amp; passer. Looked like way more than 3&amp;D.

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver

Portland Trail Blazers GM Joe Cronin on franchise’s 2022 Las Vegas Summer League title: “This was an important developmental experience that showed our younger players what they are capable of when they play together and defend at a high level.”

Watford especially played well for the Blazers and showed he can be a key part of the roster next season.

NBA @NBA

Trendon Watford is the 2022 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBA2K23SummerLeague?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBA2K23SummerLeague</a> Championship Game MVP!<br><br>Congrats <a href="https://twitter.com/trendonw?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@trendonw</a>! <a href="https://t.co/PPkq9MWCYy">pic.twitter.com/PPkq9MWCYy</a>

NBA @NBA

Brandon Williams finds Trendon Watford slipping to the basket for the dunk 💪<br><br>Live Now on ESPN <a href="https://t.co/gPvt9zwJJo">pic.twitter.com/gPvt9zwJJo</a>

ClutchPoints @ClutchPointsApp

Trendon Watford heating up 🔥<br><br>He’s got 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals for the Blazers <a href="https://t.co/iqMDxcDDpH">pic.twitter.com/iqMDxcDDpH</a>

Cameron Derby @CamDerbyTV

Trendon Watford on the Summer League take over. Jeez.

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers

TRENDON WATFORD APPRECIATION POST

Danny Marang @DannyMarang

SUMMER LEAGUE FINAL MVP TRENDON WATFORD!

Alex Tam 譚汶材 @alexctam

Walker and Watford. Future looks bright!

It was a disappointing loss for the Knicks, although Quentin Grimes scored 19 points while Miles McBride added 17.

Jericho Sims also turned heads with his athleticism:

NBA @NBA

Feron Hunt puts it on the top shelf for Jericho Sims 🛫 <a href="https://t.co/1iZSto1W9t">pic.twitter.com/1iZSto1W9t</a>

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Jericho Sims took flight ✈️ <a href="https://t.co/DuLwr11xxQ">pic.twitter.com/DuLwr11xxQ</a>

Logan Reever @loganreever

Welcome to your poster, Luke Garza 😳<br><br>Jericho Sims throwing it down here in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SummerLeague?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SummerLeague</a> Championship <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Knicks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Knicks</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Blazers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Blazers</a> <a href="https://t.co/H7hVpF0acp">pic.twitter.com/H7hVpF0acp</a>

Mychal Thompson @champagnennuts

Jericho Sims of the Knicks is the best JUMPING big man in the NBA…The guy has SPRINGS in them legsa his…My U of Minnesota teammate Charlie Sims’ son BTW…

Players on both teams can still be fueled by a successful run at summer league, which could help lead to a big 2022-23 season.

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