Tarheel bragging rights are on the line.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Don't worry, I wouldn't fool you twice.
When the Phoenix Suns (1-0) and Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1) face off tonight in the Las Vegas Summer league, Kendall Marshall will make his debut as a Phoenix Sun. Don't miss out on the inchoate stages of a Marshall/Morris two man game that has the potential to haunt the dreams of opposing fanbases for years to come.
The apparition of Marshall comes after a brief impediment, where he was forced to sit through the Suns' first summer league game (a thrashing of the Knicks) due to a delay in finalizing his contract. The ink is dry. The high-tops are laced up. It's go time.
Tip off is 5:30 p.m. AZ time. The game will be shown on NBA TV and will also be streamed online (for a modest fee) via the Summer League Broadband package. NBA.com is streaming live updated box scores for the statistically obsessed. They actually have quite the panoply of summer league scores and highlights, I suggest you take a peek.
Join in what is sure to be a festive game thread and make sure you bring it, because anything less than the best is a felony.
Jump it for even more reasons to tune in tonight (as if you need them).
The Suns' summer squad is coming off of a 99-74 win in a dominating performance against a hapless Knicks team. All of the starters made solid contributions with the exception of a shaky Garcia. It was a case of a balanced attack against an obviously overmatched opponent.
Markieff Morris led all players with 21 points and 9 rebounds. DeShawn Sims and Marcus Landry scored 16 and 12, respectively. Diante Garrett masterfully orchestrated the offense with 10 assists (which was one more than the entire Knicks team). Erving Walker even chipped in with 12 points off the bench. A full boxscore is available on nba.com
The Suns next opponent is the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose summer roster features several intriguing players. Tristan Thompson (#4 overall 2011 draft) provides "veteran" leadership, while Tyler Zeller (#17 overall 2012 draft) and Dion Waiters (#4 overall 2012 draft) headline the Cavs' rookies.
Zeller has averaged 16.5 points and 6 rebounds through two games. Waiters has reached double digits in scoring twice (10.5 avg.), but is shooting a paltry 7-25 from the field.
Look for a more competitive game this time around. Look for the matchup between Tarheel alumni. Look to see if Waiters can live up to his "promise". Look for Marshall to Morris.
Preview from the Cavs side of the horse including a look at an interesting power forward match up.