Portland vs. New Orleans: Patrick Mills and Armon Johnson Battle Again

July 13th, 2010 by Nick Poust Leave a reply »
Portland Trail Blazers guards Patrick Mills and Armon Johnson continued to play as if their future in the NBA depended upon it. Both started for the team in their NBA Summer League game against the New Orleans Hornets.

Johnson was listed as the point guard, and Mills as the shooting guard. And that’s exactly how they played.

Mills hit a three-pointer to begin the contest, drew a charge on the ensuing Hornets possession, and knifed his way through for a smooth lefty layup as part of his seven-point first quarter performance.

Johnson didn’t make much of an impact in the opening frame, but he ran the team well and was both unselfish and intelligent in his play. When he did try to create offensively, he did so aggressively, working his way into the lane.

He was also superb on defense, working tirelessly throughout the game to stifle the opposition.

It’s hard to judge a player by his play in Summer League. Everyone is rusty, and everyone is trying to show what they can do. There is little to no chemistry. You have to focus on their tendencies: what they like to do, whether that be going inside or living on the ...

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