Austin Rivers Sits, Hornets Lose to Mavs

Published: July 20, 2012

The Austin Rivers-less Hornets lost one to the Mavs in the lead up to their Summer League finale. It was… how do you say… UGLY.

Austin Rivers missed tonight game with “lower leg soreness”

A few bullets for you to consider while you wait for videos to be uploaded:

  • Darius Miller was yet again unimpressive. 2-7 with 4 boards in 17 minutes with zero assists and 2 turnovers.
  • Brian Roberts plays a very controlled style of game, rarely making really dumb plays. He said earlier that he wasn’t ready to be an NBA player when he left college, but he’s worked hard since then and thinks he’s ready to give the big time a shot. He stayed in the game late in the third after going down and injuring his wrist while just missing out on drawing a charge. The final line was 4-10 for 11 points, and an assist.
  • Darko Planicic played a few minutes but was quickly pulled. Borrego was talking to him quite a bit in between plays when he was out there. I’d guess it was a bit about the odd location in which he was setting picks.
  • Xavier Henry didn’t start off too hot, but in the end had what was probably his best performance in Summer League on both ends. Defensively he forced a couple turnovers, played quality one-on-one defense, and found some boards. Offensively he didn’t force up bad shots when he drove inside, delivered a few nice passes on drive and kicks, and hit shots when he had them available. The final line of 5-8 for 12 points, 3 assists, 4 boards, and 0 fouls was solid.
  • Dyson was 3-3 with 8 points, but somehow managed 6 fouls.
  • Bowles played alright again. He’s a bit slow, but finished with 9 points on 9 shots to go with a team high 7 boards in just 15 minutes.
  • Lance Thomas didn’t have a particularly good game. He finished with just 8 points on 10 shots to go with 6 boards. He added 6 personals, which is a bit much for my taste.
  • Oh, the game was really ugly. 23 fouls, 17 turnovers vs only 8 assists, 40% from the field, and only 4 steals… against a Summer League team.
  • If you didn’t know, this is James Borrego’s first time really being a head coach. I’ll have a little article about that tomorrow.





  1. Mr. West

    July 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    The worst thing about SL is the break between the last game and anything else NBA related, in which the people who thinks Summer league matters will rag on the guys who struggle (Rivers).

  2. Josh

    July 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I’m glad it’s just Summer League.

  3. kfte

    July 21, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Excluding draft choices, the Hornets she bring to camp, Roberts and Bowles.Thomas and Heny get a job. Their experience was evident.

  4. nolakid21

    July 21, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Is it to far off to say everyone on this Summer League roster sucks? Except for Rivers of course.

    • 504ever

      July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Why did you except Rivers? Did you see something in his play better than the play of the others?

  5. Lucas Ottoni

    July 21, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Well, our Summer League’ team is very weak…

    Without further comment, Your Honor.

  6. BRballboy

    July 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Did I see where some bee-head wagered on an undefeated summer league?

  7. John in MO

    July 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Well, at least we will get to watch AD in the Olympics this year.

    • Nate

      July 23, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Only if team USA is up by 20 in the 4th quarter. The way things are looking in the exhibition games, I fear we won’t get to see him much. Games are way too close. Nice seeing him against the Brits though.


    July 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    It’s the Summer League guys! You can’t get excited nor down on a player for these 5 games! 10 fouls! C’mon man….

  9. John in MO

    July 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Saw report that Dell is working on a deal to send Landry to Bobcats for DeSagana Diop. While this is not a glorious move. I get the logic. This is really sensible. He is a defensive-minded big body with playoff experience who won’t demand many minutes. He will be there to bang with big guys when AD and Smitty can’t. I like this move if it gets done. Good short term solution.

    • Jason Calmes

      July 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      My cap calculations indicate that the deal will have to be expanded to work. Look for a bigger deal than this.

      We can’t fit Diop in even moving Miller’s residul salary out, unless the Room exception can be used to fit in larger trades, and I’m not sure it can be used as such.

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