Las Vegas Summer League: Day 5 Recap

By Drew Packham,

LAS VEGAS — Nolan Smith’s scary injury put a damper on a busy and exciting Day 5 on Tuesday. Portland’s second-year point guard had 27 points before being carried off on a stretcher with 42 seconds left in the Blazers’ 99-88 loss to the Rockets. Smith was fouled hard on a breakaway and remained down on the floor for several minutes before being taken off the court. Smith reportedly suffered a concussion, and the injury overshadowed Smith’s second straight solid performance, in which he was 10-for-16 from the floor with five rebounds and five assists.

Non-rookie of the day: Josh Selby of the Grizzlies lit up the scoreboard with 35 points on a 12-for-21 shooting night. Even more impressive were the seven steals Selby racked up. Selby had 20 points in Memphis’ Summer League opener and is making a strong case to take the minutes left by departing free agent O.J. Mayo. Other standouts: Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and eight rebounds, looking like a man among boys in the Spurs’ 92-81 win over the Lakers; Markieff Morris had 24 points and 17 rebounds in the Suns’ 89-74 loss to the Cavs; and Byron Mullens capped off the night by scoring 33 on 13-for-24 shooting (3-for-5 on 3s).

Rookie of the day: Several rookies shined Tuesday, including Portland’s Damian Lillard (27 points including 5-for-10 on 3-pointers) and Jeremy Lamb (23 points), but it was another Houston rookie who gets the nod. Terrence Jones, whom the Rockets took 18th from Kentucky, had 24 points and 12 rebounds while hitting 11 of 20 shots. Jones also matched up well with Portland’s rookie big man Meyers Leonard, doing a good job keeping him in check.

Coming up: Four games will be televised Wednesday on NBA TV: Bucks-Wizards at 4 p.m. ET, Kings-Raptors at 6:30, Hornets-Suns at 8:30, Warriors-Heat at 10:30. One game will be shown on delay: Hawks-Mavericks at 4 a.m. ET.


  1. Herr says:

    Portland has a terrible medical staff? I’m sorry they forgot to tell him to wear a helmet while playing freaking basketball. Some people are so stupid…

  2. me says:

    best wishes for him

  3. Rockets Fan says:

    really excited about the Rockets rookies. Lamb is tearing it up, White and Jones look solid, and the big man from last year (Montejumama) is showing he is very agile and a great shooter for a 7 footer. Plus we just got Jeremy Lin. I like the youth and promise of my team.

  4. Lebron2Toronto says:

    The portland curse

  5. bruno says:

    Morten he might have said that basketball wise, saying best wishes to anyone who got injured is not unnecessary. really!

  6. dig din says:

    Portland has the worst medical staff ever.

  7. Drew says:

    i didnt even like him…but i wish him a speedy recovery. get well son !! best wishes…

    • Morten says:

      Youre a damn fool. Why would u even say that u dont even like him in this situation? Really unnecessary

      • Common Sense says:

        He’s just saying no matter how much you like or don’t like someone there’s nor reason to wish harm on anyone. Makes since…to each his own.

  8. BENSONSO2 says:

    Nobody wants to see athletes going down like this. Except for Boxing and MMA.

  9. Alex Fernandes says:

    Is he okay?

    • branden says:

      hope nolin gets well soon and soots up for a new season soon even though im not a blazer fan im a thunder fan but when something happens to any player or star you want them to get well. glad he is ok this was a very scary acident that happend to a young and upcoming star get well soon nolin.