Apr 10, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) looks to pass against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Summer League Preview: Lakers vs. Blazers

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Following the Lakers 70-62 loss to the Cavaliers, the team had a day off before taking on the Blazers today, and it’ll likely be much needed. The Blazers field a very talented team, filled with lots of talent. While the result doesn’t matter in summer league play, the players will certainly face their biggest test later tonight.

 

WHO TO WATCH

Blazers – C.J. McCollum, Will Barton, Thomas Robinson, Damian Lillard

The obvious player on this list is Lillard, but his playing time will be limited to non existent. He’s more there for support and advice, although he could be used if necessary. Instead, fans should watch McCollum and Barton, who combined for 35 of the team’s 69 points yesterday. With Robinson, you have a former lottery pick who is on his 3rd team in just over a year. He’s still a productive, energetic player and a solid rebounder. If he can find himself a stable spot in the rotation, he could truly develop into a great player.

 

Lakers – Chris Douglas-Roberts, Michael Snaer, Marcus Landry, Elias Harris

Despite the Lakers loss on Friday, there were a couple bright spots. First, Landry’s scoring spree in the in the 3rd quarter opened some eyes. Landry finished with 3 three pointers, half of the Lakers total. His activity in attacking the rim and flying around on defense was a bit surprising, but certainly in a good way. Snaer was more consistent throughout the game, finishing with 12 points himself. His six rebounds and two assists were also encouraging as he may be playing his way onto the Lakers squad. Harris was the most active of the bigs, finishing with 9 points and 8 rebounds. His energy was a big plus and if he can finish around the rim, he’ll really start drawing attention. Lastly, CDR is still the most talented player and the leader for player most likely to join the Lakers come October. However, if he continues putting up underwhelming performances like he did Friday (6 points on 2-8 shooting), he may blow his opportunity.

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Tags: 2013 C.j. Mccollum Chris Douglas-roberts Damian Lillard Elias Harris Las Vegas Marcus Landry Michael Snaer Summer League Thomas Robinson Will Barton

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