Could it have ended any other way?
The Clippers went 1-4 and had their issues as a team in Vegas, but there were some nice individual performances throughout the five games. Al-Farouq Aminu got progressively better as the week went on, capping off the trip with a 21-point performance. Willie Warren looked solid if nothing else, rarely forcing the action and shooting a high percentage. DeAndre Jordan had a nice performance in his final game, getting the better of Blazers big man Jeff Pendergraph in the post. Big Sofo didn’t do much in the box score, but he answered the two biggest questions surrounding his arrival by showing he was in shape and that he could rebound the basketball.
Here’s Kevin Arnovitz’s take on Eric Bledsoe after tonight’s game, via TrueHoop:
“After turning the ball over 28 times in his first four games, Clippers’ point guard Eric Bledsoe put together a heady, controlled performance against the D-League Select team. He changed speeds and read the defense beautifully off high balls screens from Rod Benson — bursting into the paint only when invited, and making smart passes or drawing contact when the defense converged. He scored 13 points (6-for-10 from the field), grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists against three turnovers.”
Again, summer league isn’t about wins and losses. It’s about player development. Most of the young Clippers made some nice strides in that department, even if they weren’t setting the world on fire as a team.