The Washington Wizards led by as many as 22 points Tuesday as they squeaked by the Miami Heat in an 85-83 victory. Glen Rice, Jr. led Washington with a game-high 24 points on an efficient 8-for-14 from the field, but the team committed an atrocious 29 turnovers, which led to a dicey finish.
The 3-0 Summer League Wizards will face the Heat again Thursday, in their first of a possible four elimination style bracket games. Rice has averaged a league-high 22.7 points after three games, while teammate Otto Porter, Jr., has averaged 19. The duo, however, also committed 12 of Washington's 29 turnovers in their last meeting with Miami. Coming off a "bye day," the well-rested Wizards will hope to approach the Heat with a bit more caution.
Rice scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter, as Miami as a team only scored 14. By halftime, Washington still enjoyed a sizable 51-38 lead. The Heat pushed late in the third quarter and rallied again late in the fourth, as the Wizards slacked off. Heat guard Shabazz Napier did not score or assist on any of Miami's fourth quarter baskets, as the rookie finished a dismal 2-for-16 from the field.
Napier was an "NWT" (Not With Team) Wednesday despite a Miami victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, which led to Thursday's rematch with Washington. Napier reportedly "unfollowed" LeBron James on Twitter, and spoke with the media after Tuesday's game. He said he had no control over his Twitter account, which, regardless, must pose as a black cloud given his lack of control on the court.
The former Connecticut Husky has averaged a pedestrian 9 points on 27.6% shooting from the field after three games, and it's possible he might be off the Summer League circuit. Tune in at 8:30 p.m. ET to find out. Unfortunately, however, it looks like Thursday's game will only be available through Summer League Live. The good news is it only costs $5, and the way Rice and Porter are playing, that's worth the admission.
As of right now, CSN is suggesting it'll play a soccer game from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., while NBATV is slated for an 8:00 p.m. slot, which could be the Houston Rockets vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers rather than the 8:30 p.m. Wizards game. Given the hype of Andrew Wiggins, and all things LeBron James--especially if Napier is done--assume the Cavs' game will get the NBATV treatment over the Wizards' game.