I took my five year old to his first NBA game last night to see the Kings vs Pacers. Since Rudy Gay wasn't playing DWill got the start. I was really excited to see how he would do with starters minutes. Well, playing against Paul George, as one might guess, it wasn't any easy assignment?
DWill played with a lot of effort and was great on the boards but his offense wasn't much to write home about.
3/7 FT- Two of those missed free throws were big ones late in the game with the Kings clinging to a lead. It was so painful watching him clank them.
DWill played hard on the defense end but George had a pretty big night. He played hard on defense with perhaps one noteable exception? At one point DWill missed a long jumper and kind of stood there watching. George saw it and sprinted up court where the Pacers found him for an easy two on the other end.
The heart breaker though was when the Kings were up four with 18 seconds in the 4th and DWill fouled George on a made 3pt shot. Its been a long time since ive heard that arena get that quiet that fast? Still not sure if it was a good call? Regardless, George hit the FT to tie the game. Game went to OT and the Pacers ended up winning.
I know I sound down on DWill but he really did play hard. Frankly, it doesn't get much tougher than playing against Paul George and trying to get to the hoop with Roy Hibbert around. With Rudy Gay likely out a few more games DWill should get plenty of minutes. Still very hopeful that he's going to take full advantage of this opportunity.
Still love me some DWill