Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a rough first half on Tuesday, shooting 1-for-7 and capping it off by rolling his right ankle. KCP sat out the final seven minutes of the first half with the ankle injury and it seemed like his third summer league game would get cut short of expectations.
But as he did in the first two games, KCP rose above and opened spectators' eyes with his strong play. Sitting out the second half never crossed his mind.
"No, it wasn't even a thought in my mind," Caldwell-Pope told reporters after the game. "I knew I had a bad first half, so I wanted to come out and finish the game."
He would finish the game by shooting 7-for-13 from the field, 7-for-8 from the stripe, and drilling the game-winning three-pointer with six seconds left to give the Pistons an 80-78 win.
The game winner brought KCP's game total to 26 points, which actually dropped his scoring average after three games to 27.3 points. Outstanding.
NBA.com has highlights.
- Peyton Siva only played 13 minutes due to a sore hamstring, but he had the assist of the night on an alley-oop to Tony Mitchell.
- Speaking of Mitchell, he had the dunk of the game. He had a much better game in 30 minutes, finishing with eight points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
- Undrafted point guard Ian Miller played in lieu of Siva, making the most of his opportunity. He had 16 points on 10 shots and added four rebounds and three assists.
- A strong second half and late win gave the Pistons another 5.5 puppy points, which puts them at a Summer League-leading 17 points now.
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