Good morning or afternoon, depending on where and when you’re reading this! Sitting in my hotel before heading down to Thomas & Mack Arena to watch the Timberwolves and Suns game, and I’m happy to announce the coffee has kicked in for what should be another productive day out here. Hold on. There is one thing I need to address first:
Today’s game will not be broadcast in real time. It will be shown on tape delay tomorrow, Tuesday, July 16th, at noon CST. If you want to watch it in real time, while I don’t readily know where you could, you’ll just have to get resourceful in finding it. Otherwise, feel free to tweet me any questions you have about the game, because I probably know that stuff.
Now, this seems weird to do a preview for a Summer League game, and so far I’ve just rambled for 150 words, but the Suns have a few players of interest heading into this afternoon’s game. The Suns managed to acquire three underwhelming recent lottery picks : Kendall Marshall (13th overall in 2012); Marcus Morris (14th overall in 2011); Markieff Morris (13th overall in 2011). Guard Diante Christmas and forward Archie Goodwin are two other names of note, if for no other reason than hearing them mentioned in passing once or twice.
For the Timberwolves, all eyes will once again be on Shabazz Muhammad. It’ll be cool to see if Chris Johnson, Robbie Hummel and rookie Lorenzo Brown can continue to build that on-court chemistry together. Johnson midrange game, especially in the pick ‘n pop, was really fantastic on Saturday. And since I’d like to have a feel-good Monday at the arena, we hope to see Robbie Hummel do more good things.
Be sure to follow @DerekJamesNBA on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates on the game straight from media row. Of course, there will be a recap to follow as well.