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Wizards look for first win in rematch with Heat

July 12, 2017
Wizards' Summer League Schedule  

Saturday, July 8 vs. Memphis - L, 88-91  
Monday, July 10 vs. Miami - L, 87-91 
Tuesday, July 11 vs. Chicago - L, 73-82
Wednesday, July 12 vs. Miami (2-1) - 6pm ET, NBATV

Last time out...  

Quick starts continued to allude Washington, but it rallied from down 23 points to bring the deficit to one in the fourth quarter Wednesday thanks in large part to a scoring burst from Marcus Keene (13 points) that powered a 9-0 run. Sheldon Mac continued his impressive scoring display with a team-high 20 points, while Daniel Ochefu came close to another double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Tonight's matchup... 

14th overall pick Bam Adebayo headlines this year's Summer League group for Miami, and he kicked off the campaign with 18 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday. A phenomenal athlete out of Kentucky, Adebayo brings rim protection defensively and explosiveness on the offensive end. Limiting his runs to the rim will be critical, but other names to watch include former Notre Dame standout Zach Auguste (17 points, nine rebounds in Miami's first game) and Virginia's London Perrantes (12 points, five assists).  

With a win, the Wizards will move on to play the Clippers at 6:30pm ET on Thursday. With a loss, they'll play their last game in Vegas on Friday at 4:30pm ET. 

Four familiar names  

Sheldon Mac - Guard   

Formerly Sheldon McClellan, Mac comes into Summer League this year a year removed from being an undrafted free agent for the Wizards. Mac spent time between both Washington and the D-League last season, but showed flashes of being a smooth scorer that can both put the ball on the floor and hit from beyond the arc. The Miami product said Friday that the 3-point shot has been a big focus of his offseason so far, so the coaching staff will be looking for improvement in that area over the course of the week.   

Game 1 vs. MEM - 9 points, 5 rebounds 
Game 2 vs. MIA - 18 points 
Game 3 vs. CHI - 20 points, 2 steals

Chris McCullough - Forward   

An uber-explosive and long forward, McCullough is looking to take another step towards contributing to the Wizards since being acquired from Brooklyn at the deadline last season. Watching him in camp this week, his jumper has been a major focus, and it's certainly developing into a weapon. We know McCullough can use his athleticism in the paint, but the jump shot is looking smooth all the way out beyond the 3-point line. He has a chance to turn some heads this week.   

Game 1 vs. MEM - 11 points, 5 rebounds 
Game 2 vs. MIA - 10 points, 11 rebounds 
Game 3 vs. CHI - 4 points, 5 rebounds

Daniel Ochefu - Center   

Ochefu said Friday that he's worked hard on asserting himself in the paint and being disruptive on both ends of the floor, and that showed this week in practice. There's no question that the former Villanova Wildcat has the frame to cause problems for opponents down low, and his ability to get up and down the floor is impressive for his size. With the pace and intensity that has been a hallmark of this camp, look for Ochefu to mirror it on the floor this week.   

Game 1 vs. MEM - 13 points, 10 rebounds 
Game 2 vs. MIA - 6 points 
Game 3 vs. CHI - 9 points, 10 rebounds

Danuel House - Guard   

Another prospect with crazy athleticism, House shined in workouts all week and put a much-improved 3-point shot on display daily. That will certainly be an area to watch as games get going, but House commented Thursday that his ball-handling has also been a major focus heading into his second Summer League with the Wizards. His solid 6-7 frame only helps the face that he already possesses great bounce and quickness, so watch out for House starting Saturday.   

Game 1 vs. MEM - 2 points, 3 rebounds 
Game 2 vs. MIA - DNP 
Game 3 vs. CHI - 1 point, 5 rebounds

Three rookies to watch 

Mike Young - Forward   

Young filled the stat sheet during his senior season at Pitt, and he brings a big, athletic frame to the wing this summer. His 3-point shot is a work in progress as he adjusts to the NBA range, but the tools are all there for the Wizards' first ever two-way contract player.   

Game 1 vs. MEM - 10 points, 3 rebounds 
Game 2 vs. MIA - 9 points, 4 rebounds 
Game 3 vs. CHI - 6 points, 7 rebounds

Devin Robinson - Forward  

A lot of the same can be said for Robinson, a player who many mocks thought would be picked in the second round of this year's NBA Draft. The former Florida Gator boasts tons of length and plenty of bounce, making him an intriguing defensive prospect. His 3-point percentage jumped by nearly 14 points over his three seasons at Florida, so the Wizards will look to see if that trend continues this summer.   

Game 1 vs. MEM - 3 points, 6 rebounds 
Game 2 vs. MIA - 6 points, 2 rebounds 
Game 3 vs. CHI - 4 points, 5 rebounds

Marcus Keene - Guard 

College basketball's leading scorer last season, the Central Michigan product gets buckets. His jumper stretches beyond the 3-point arc, and he makes up for his lack of size with creativity and fearlessness when attacking the paint. Keene has brought a great attitude to camp this week and has shown the same skills he was known for in college. Look for him to be a potential sleeper of sorts this week in Vegas.   

Game 1 vs. MEM - DNP 
Game 2 vs. MIA - 2 points, 3 assists
Game 3 vs. CHI - 13 points