The Portland Trail Blazers ended their NBA Summer League schedule Tuesday with a 95-92 loss to Houston at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
It was the Blazers’ third consecutive defeat after a 2-0 start.
Despite the losing streak, Blazers manager Roy Rogers said he liked the team’s progress in Las Vegas.
“Of course we wanted a better record, but sometimes you can’t measure progress by your record,” said Rogers. “I thought we’d get better game by game.”
The Blazers were again led by veterans with NBA experience. Guard Antonio Blakeney led the team with 23 points. Michael Beasley scored 14 and Emmanuel Mudiay 14 points.
CJ Elleby, who played for the Blazers last season, had 13 points with 10 rebounds but only shot 4 of 13 off the field.
Rookie Greg Brown III stole the show with several spectacularly athletic games, including a dunk in the second quarter where he put the ball in the air between his legs before smashing the ball through the basket.
Rogers said he liked the performance of Elleby and Brown, two players signed to the Blazers, over the schedule.
“I felt like they got into their rhythm from the last game of this game and it’s a shame that today is the last game because I would love to see them play two or three more games, yes where they are a little more experience, “said Rogers.
Brown, the team’s second-round pick in the 2021 NBA draft, finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. His electric dunk came on a pass from Elleby during a fast break.
Brown said he did something similar in practice, which led to Beasley telling him to do that dunk in the game.
“And it happened,” said Brown.
Elleby said he took a few steps down the field during the game, saw Brown and quickly brought the ball to him. Then Elleby Brown just watched him do his thing.
“I just stared at him in disbelief,” said Elleby. “For example, ‘Did you just do that?’ … I think we’ll have to get used to that when Greg is around. “
– Aaron Fentress | afentress@Oregonian.com | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).
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