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Glen Rice Jr. Leads Wizards to the Vegas Summer League Semifinals

If you have not heard, Glen Rice Jr. has been the most impressive player in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League. It really is not that close. But just in case it was a close call, Rice put together the best performances in the Las Vegas Summer League this year while aiding the Washington Wizards to a 95-94 triple-overtime victory.

The Wizards were down 10 going into the second half and that is when Rice exploded. Rice sparked a 17-2 run in the third quarter to put Washington in the lead 63-61.  During that run, Rice accounted for 12 of those 17 points which led to the game becoming a back and forth affair. Neither the Wizards nor the Spurs would let one another get too far away for the rest of regulation and for the three overtimes until Washington finally prevailed.

Rice scored 27 points in the second half and three overtimes and finished with 36 points and 11 rebounds in the game. Rice was solid shooting from the floor knocking down 11 of 21 from the field including 6 of 10 from downtown. He even showed that he can be clutch, hitting a game tying three-pointer from the left corner with time expiring in the second overtime. His 36 points is a Summer League high for 2014.

The all-time high for points in the Vegas Summer league is 47 points by ironically another Georgia Tech standout in Anthony Morrow, who put up that number on July 16, 2009 playing for the Golden State Warriors.

This summer league has been a coming out party for Rice who raised his averages to 25.2 ppg to go along with 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists. In fact, if it was not for Glen Rice’s contribution coupled with the solid play of  forward Otto Porter, Washington would not be making it this far in Vegas. What should be taken away from this summer league if anything is that Glen Rice Jr.’s wrist is fine and he is deserving of playing time this upcoming season.

The Washington Wizards coaching staff has to be impressed with how Rice has performed out in Vegas. It is nice to see his game coming together after having an injury plagued 2013 campaign. Next up for Rice and the Wizards is a semifinals matchup Sunday at 8PM against the Sacramento Kings on NBA TV. Rice is going to be tested being matched up against Kings rookie Nik Stauskas and second-year player Ben McLemore, but the way he has been rolling it may not matter who is in front of him.

Glen Rice Jr. has been the best player in the Vegas Summer League this year. People may argue that other players like Tim Hardaway Jr, or Andrew Wiggins have been more impressive. They are dead wrong! Glen Rice Jr. is two wins away from being the MVP of the Summer League, while Hardaway and Wiggins are enjoying Wayne Newton and the lobster buffets after their teams eliminations. Sunday night is going to be must see TV.

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