Los Angeles Clippers
Oklahoma City Thunder
MVP: Cameron Payne may not have had the best shooting line, but he more than made up for it from the charity stripe. He would make all 14 free throw attempts on his way to lead all scorers with 25 points.
That was … slipping away: Turnaround performances from Brice Johnson and David Michineau helped keep the game close for 35 minutes of the match, and the Clippers lead 66-64 after a Branden Dawson jump shot with 4:59 left in the fourth quarter. From there, however, they were outscored 17 to 8 by the Thunder, with a collection of turnovers and bad fouls hampering LAC’s effort to get back in the game.
X factor: Dakari Johnson and Mitch McGary dominated the frontcourt matchup, inducing 25 total fouls against the Clipper bigs. Diamond Stone had particular trouble against Johnson, and fouled out of the game halfway through the contest’s final frame.
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Enter Stage Right
After a dismal first showing in his first summer league game, Brice Johnson vowed to play better, expressing that the person he was on the court against the Miami Heat would not show up again. For the most part, he was right; Johnson made 11 of his 18 attempts and lead the Clippers with 23 points.
During halftime, Johnson’s college coach Roy Williams mentioned that he was harder on him than any player that he had coached at UNC, but that Brice would response positively to the tough coaching, producing results that contributed to the former Tar Heel having the highest single-game totals in points, rebounds, and blocks this past season. In the same vein, one can consider the bounce-back performance a response to the coaching from Brendan O’Connor and Willie Green just a day ago.
What was reassuring from his performance wasn’t so much the point total itself, but seeing that those points were scored in rhythm and with a level of poise that some might say was lacking just one day ago. Most of the misses were forced shots, but those were few and far between this afternoon.