The Portland Trail Blazers faced off against the Phoenix Suns in their first game of the Las Vegas Summer League. The Blazers struggled offensively this game, shooting 37.1% from the field including 23.1% from the three-point line, and defensively had no answer for the Suns offense. The Blazers came up short with a final score of 86-73. Devin Booker led the way for the Suns scoring 28 points, while rookie Dragan Bender scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. For the Blazers, second year player Pat Connaughton scored 14 points, and Noah Vonleh had 12 points and hauled in 11 rebounds.
Former Oregon State player Omari Johnson did not get a chance to play today as he received a DNP-Coach's Decision. It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that he didn't log any minutes as he is competing for playing time with the likes of Cliff Alexander, CJ Fair, Noah Vonleh, and Chris Johnson, all of which have experience playing on NBA rosters. Johnson has experience as well, having played on the Blazers preseason team last season.
It will be hard for Johnson to find minutes on this Summer League roster. He seems like a long shot to make the Blazers preseason roster again this year and he will have to make the most of the little time that he has and hope that he does enough to impress the coaching staff.