Summer League continues on unabated even as writers and bloggers and agents and media folk slink away from Vegas with various levels of physical and mental damage.
In a game that seemed over by the early third quarter, the Golden State Warriors trounced the New York Knicks 76-54. For the second game in a row, the Warriors have ratched up their defensive intensity and come away with a blowout victory.
For all those clamoring to fire Luke Walton, what'dya'think about them apples, huh?
The team is jelling at the best possible moment, and more importantly, the key players are stepping up and proving that they belong in this league.
James Michael McAdoo once again led the way for the Dubs, scoring 16 points to go along with nine rebounds, narroly missing out on a double double.
Fan favorite MATT STAINBROOK, who is the nicest NBA player I've ever had the privilege to interview, scored 10 points, grabbed three rebounds, and was a whopping +19 while on the court.
Speaking after the game, Walton addressed STAINBROOK'S popularity and success within the system, saying, "Matt's a skilled, skilled basketball player. You know, I saw him play in college a couple times, and, that's the reason I wanted him on our summer league team. Cuz I know what he's capable of. And he's a team player, so , you know. He made some big plays for us today, brought a lot of energy."
The crowd cheered STAINBROOK after every made basket, to which Walton responded, "Well, he's a fan favorite for sure. He's a coaching staff favorite too. He's been a joy to have on the team."
Kevon Looney had another exciting performance, scoring 11 points on 5-6 shooting, while pulling down nine rebounds in 21 minutes of inspired, scrappy play. "Looney is a talented, talented basketball player," said Walton. "And, he doesn't—he's more on the quiet side. But the more time we spend with him and the more we see him out on the court, he brings a lot to a team from that four position. Because he's obviously shown he can step it back to the three point line. And he's even dribbling and playmaking off the dribble too, which, I didn't know he'd be able to do that so quickly in this league. So he's getting more and more impressive each day."
Next up for the Warriors in this Summer League tournament showdown: Saturday July 18 vs. the winner of Washington/New Orleans game that is about to tip.
Shouts to David Naylor (from Canis Hoopus) for being on the scene for us, grabbing the audio from Walton's interview, and for being a bad mamba jamba.