Wiz Beat Hapless Cavs by 48 and Celtics by 20

Philip Maymin
Basketball News Services 

The Wizards finished their second summer league with an identical result to their first, a dominating 4-1 record. How dominating was it? Just ask the cavalier Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost by 48 points to the Wizards on Saturday, or the Celtics, whose hometown point guard was held scoreless in 19 minutes of action. These Wizards are nobody's fools, but can they make the official roster?

You've got Rich Melzer and Ime Udoka each scoring more than 20 points in the blowout victory over Cleveland. You've got Billy Thomas scoring 13 against the Celtics.

And that's just on the days that Jared Jeffries, Steve Blake, Jarvis Hayes, Jelani McCoy and Michael Ruffin don't explode on you. Jefferies was one of the top scorers in the league, averaging 21 points per game through Saturdays' results, and of course we know about Blake's performances, who incidentally was also one of the league's leadingrebounderswith eight per game, and of course one of the league's assists leaders at six assists per game.

There seems to be no question that someone or everyone in the Wizards organization has a great eye for talent. But are there enough roster spots for all this young blood?

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Steve Carp ofThe Las Vegas Review-Journalwrites: Wizards 84, Celtics 64: Guard Billy Thomas scored 13 points for Washington (4-1), which outrebounded the Celtics (3-2), 49-36.

The Washington Timeswrites: Rich Melzer scored 24 points and Ime Udoka added 21 as the Washington Wizards won their third game in the Vegas Summer League with a 113-65 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.

Dan Steinberg and Desmond Bieler ofThe Washington Postwrite: Trade to Heat has division rivals girding for the Shaq Diesel. Wizards fret about effects of head-on collision with their "Kwame Camry."