- In yesterday's USA Blue vs. White scrimmage, the Pelican trio of Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson put on a show. Per Jim Eichenhofer @Pelicans.com:
Davis was the Blue team’s best player, with 22 points and seven rebounds, highlighted by 10-for-13 shooting. The second-year pro narrowly missed game scoring honors, but Kyrie Irving (23 points) dropped in a pair of fourth-quarter free throws with the outcome already decided. Davis was impressive on the offensive end, dropping in a handful of 20-foot jumpers, while also throwing down three dunks. In a "SportsCenter"-worthy sequence, Davis snatched a White team alley-oop pass out of the air, dribbled the length of the court and glided in for a slam. "As good as he was last year, he's just stepped it up another couple levels," USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "That was exciting to see. He got better throughout the week, and put on a heck of a performance tonight."
Holiday didn’t have a great shooting night (6-for-13) and started slowly, but was a key to the White team’s victory with an all-around display consisting of 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. "He's a guy that can change the game without scoring," Monty Williams said. "People don't recognize that, because he's scored so much last year. His main asset, in my opinion, is his versatility as a big guard." The former Philadelphia point guard is known around the NBA for having one of the best left hands in the league, something he repeatedly relied upon Thursday on finishes at the rim.
Anderson was prototypical Anderson, nailing all three of his three-point attempts, to account for his nine points. He also had two rebounds in just 13 minutes. Anderson joked after the game that once he started getting hot from long distance, the White team head coach – none other than Monty Williams – kept taking him out of the game.
- Guess who hit the waiver wire yesterday? Our old friend, Gustavo Ayon.
The made a somewhat confusing move Thursday, opting to release modestly productive center Gustavo Ayon just over a month after agreeing to pick up his $1.5 million contract for 2013-14.
Granted, the Bucks waived him before his contract became fully guaranteed, but one still has to wonder why. Relatively productive big men, on cheap contracts, usually don't exist. Perhaps Ayon is ready to leave the United States?