By Steve Dewald
The Trail Blazers extended their Las Vegas Summer League winning streak to four games with a lopsided 95-69 victory over the Hawks. Anfernee Simons and Jake Layman led the way for Portland with 20 points apiece. Aside from rookie big man Omari Spellman, Atlanta struggled on both ends of the court.
The Blazers are well on their way to returning to the summer league finale, but let’s take a look at the contributing factors before we move on from this victory.
Jake Layman, Anfernee Simons, and Gary Trent Jr opened up the lanes all night for Portland’s offense. All three were effective in catch-and-shoot situations, and the rookies continued to show off their quick triggers.
The speed of Simons’ release is something Portland should be excited about. The 19-year-old guard hit a gorgeous step-back three-pointer after navigating around a screen in the second half, and followed that possession with a few trips the three throw line. Due to his pacing and quick release, Simons regularly kept his defender off balance. Simons finished the night with 20 points, and connected on 3 of his 7 shots from beyond the...