LAS VEGAS -- The Washington Wizards lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. Here are five observations from the game...
1. For Summer League standards, and for what we're used to seeing from Washington, the Wizards' roster in Las Vegas is stacked. With three first round picks in the last two drafts, it is quite easily the most interesting group of prospects the Wizards have trotted out in years.
But that intrigue took a hit on Tuesday, as the Wizards sat 2019 first round pick Rui Hachimura for rest. And by the end of the first quarter, 2018 first round pick Troy Brown Jr. was ruled out with a left knee contusion.
Brown was limping and in obvious discomfort by midway through the first before he was subbed out. Contusions generally aren't serious, it's just a fancy name for a bruise. But certainly, his injury is something to watch. A knee contusion is what got Zion Williamson shut down for the rest of Summer League.
2. The absence of Hachimura and Brown allowed coach Robert Pack to give others more playing time. We saw two-way player Garrison Mathews and the two other players the Wizards got in the Lakers deal - Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones - for the first time.
Mathews is known for his shooting and lived up to the billing by going 3-for-4 from the field with one three and seven points in 19 minutes. Bonga stood out because of his size and athleticism. He is the height of a big man with the mobility of a guard. He had seven points in 16 minutes.
Jones only played five minutes but grabbed five rebounds. Two league executives this week told NBC Sports Washington they think he could ultimately be the best player the Wizards got from L.A., so better than Moe Wagner, a former first round pick.
3. Speaking of Wagner, he showed more in his second game than he did in his debut the night before. Though Wagner didn't shoot well (3-for-11 FG), he looked more confident attacking the rim and was rewarded for it with seven free throw attempts, of which he made six.
Wagner was also much better on the glass. After grabbing zero rebounds in his first game, he had six in this one.
Another observation is that he is very vocal with the refs. No one on the Wizards' Summer League team talks more with the officials than Wagner, who lets them know when he doesn't like a call but seems to also know how not to cross the line.
4. Wizards 2019 second round pick Admiral Schofield was the standout in this one. He had 16 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes. Schofield shot 4-for-9 from the field and made all seven of his free throw attempts.
Though he only made one three, it was encouraging to see Schofield take four attempts. He was a very good three-point shooter in college but has been a tad gun shy in the Summer League so far.
5. The stars were out at the Thomas and Mack Center on Tuesday night. With the Clippers in action, NBA legend and L.A. executive Jerry West sat courtside. He came with Dennis Rodman.
Former Bullets star Rod Strickland was sitting a few seats away. And former Wizards player Drew Gooden made an appearance.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was there. He and Wizards managing partner Ted Leonsis exchanged pleasantries as both were in town for the league's governors meetings.
John Wall and Thomas Bryant were there and so was their new teammate, Isaiah Thomas. Thomas addressed the media and said he feels healthier than he has in years.
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