Las Vegas Summer League, Day 6 Preview: Revenge Time For DeMarcus Cousins

The long, hot wait for John Wall's return continues, with the Wizards set to take the court Thursday evening.  Apparently the Wizards couldn't wait either, scheduling an informal scrimmage with the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday afternoon. Word is Wall impressed (as always).

Seven official games are on the docket again today, headlined by Demarcus Cousins's team (Sacramento) vs. the team that should have drafted him (Minnesota).  Will the summer's single most dominant big man look to send a message?

Here's the full rundown on today's action. As always, check out Ridiculous Upside's preview.

4:00 p.m. EDT: Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets

So far in Summer League:

The Nuggets, stocked with NBA players, remain undefeated (4-0) and Houston sits at 2-2 and is looking to close their summer with a winning record.

What To Watch For:

Much to the surprise and delight of fans and media, Denver continues to trot out a backcourt that includes veteran J.R. Smith.  Smith has been a mostly listless presence, however. Denver's point guard Ty Lawson continues to get as many possessions as he needs with the ball in his hands.  The Rockets have been force-feeding Jordan Hill and he's responded by averaging almost 14 points per game and more than 6 rebounds per game.  Explosive guard Jermaine Taylor continues to lead the team in scoring at a 19.0 clip. 

6:00 p.m. EDT: New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors

So far in Summer League:

The Knicks (1-1) brought one of the least-talented group to Las Vegas while Toronto (2-0) is looking unstoppable thanks to a fully-loaded roster that includes dynamic guards DeMar Derozan and Sonny Weems.

What To Watch For:

The perimeter match-ups should be interesting for both sides, as Toronto's athleticism will put Knicks draft picks Andy Rautins and Landry Fields to the test.  Post man and first round draft pick Ed Davis has shined at times for Toronto, and the potential is there for a breakout game against a mediocre New York front line.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs

So far in Summer League:

An unbalanced Hawks roster - all smalls, no bigs - hung around before losing its opener to Memphis.  San Antonio's roster lacks a big name but that didn't stop them from winning their opener against Minnesota on Monday.

What To Watch For:

Atlanta's backcourt is one of the most intriguing in Las Vegas.  Jeff Teague is quick off the dribble and saw some minutes last year; Jordan Crawford, He Who Dunked On LeBron, adds the scoring punch.  Alade Aminu had an efficient shooting night against Memphis (6 for 8 from the field, for 14 points) and will look to build off that performance.  For San Antonio, it's been a remarkably balanced attack, as five players hit double figures against Minnesota, including Alonzo Gee, Garrett Temple and Curtis Jerrells.   

8:00 p.m. EDT: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls

So far in Summer League:

Both teams are looking to bounce back from blowout losses in their summer league debuts.  The Bulls got ran by Denver and Los Angeles was picked apart by John Wall's Washington Wizards.

What To Watch For:

Now that the much-hyped face-off between University of Kentucky teammates John Wall and Eric Bledsoe is behind him, the Clippers point man will enjoy the spotlight to himself tonight.  Bledsoe had a fine night against Wall, scoring 17 points and dishing out 4 assists but he struggled to hit his shots.  He's been given a pretty loose leash and will have an opportunity to put up some big numbers tonight.

For Chicago it's unclear who, if anyone, will step  up and be The Man here in Las Vegas.  Forward James Johnson had 13 points but just 1 rebound in 31 minutes in the opener.  Perhaps scoring guard Jack McClinton will get more burn off the bench than he did against Denver, when he played just 11 minutes.

8:30 p.m. EDT: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Phoenix Suns

So far in Summer League:

Cleveland (1-0) triumphed over the D-League select team in its opener on Tuesday; Phoenix (1-2) is hoping to get back to .500.

What To Watch For:

Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson was dominant in the opener, pouring in 18 points and pulling down 9 rebounds, and Phoenix's bigs - Gani Lawal, Taylor Griffin, and Earl Clark - will struggle to keep up.  Undrafted Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds is leading the Suns in scoring, after scoring 16 points in his only game on Monday, and will see time at the point guard position, where he'll face off against another undersized guard in Cleveland's Pooh Jeter.

10:00 p.m. EDT: Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

So far in Summer League:

Minnesota (0-1) lost its opener against San Antonio by 24 points, looking as hapless here as the team looks during the season and the management looks during free agency. Sacramento (2-0) remains undefeated thanks to a stacked roster that includes rookies DeMarcus Cousins and Hassan Whiteside as well as vets Donte Green and Omri Casspi.

What To Watch For:

In a word: revenge.  No one in Las Vegas has been able to stop Cousins and look for his reign of terror to continue as he sends a message to the team that passed on him with the number four pick in this year's draft, allowing him to fall to the Kings at number five.  Minnesota will need a much more impactful night from its first round pick, Wesley Johnson, who had just 10 points, 1 rebound and 0 assists against the Spurs.  It won't be easy as the Kings have experience and size to throw at him on the wings.

10:30 p.m. EDT: Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat

So far in Summer League:

Detroit (2-1) isn't lacking for talent thanks to Summer League vets Austin Daye, Dajuan Summers and Jonas Jerebko.  Miami (1-1) has been powered by the scoring of guard Kenny Hasbrouck, while journeyman Shavlik Randolph has chipped in as well.

What To Watch For:

The attention during today's night cap will be focused on the big men.  Pistons first round pick Greg Monroe held his own against DeMarcus Cousins and will look to do even more against Miami's frontline, which is headlined by bulky big Dexter Pittman and the athletic Jarvis Varnado.

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