Box Score Bank: Kendall Gill and Reggie Lewis


Box Score Bank: Kendall Gill and Reggie Lewis

Last Saturday nightSunday morning, I was up late watching NBA TV.

Pretty sad, I know. But in retrospect, I'm glad I was there. Otherwise, I would have missed this story.

At the time, Dennis Scott (one of the 90s deadliest three-point shooters) and Kendall Gill (one of the 90s best defenders) were on set discussing the art of "getting open." More specifically, the best way for a shooter to run his man off a pick. And in turn, the best way to defend it.

After running a few skeleton drills against each other in the studio, Scott had a question:

Scott: "Kendall, for the people at home, whether it's Joe Dumars, old school Ricky Pierce or even Rip Hamilton: Who was the toughest guy you had to cover coming off screens?

Gill: Yeah, there was Pierce and Hamilton. Of course, Reggie Miller. But the guy who gave me the most problems, may he rest in peace, was Reggie Lewis. He was so great at coming off of picks and shooting the basketball. He knew how to read your better than anybody."

I thought that was pretty cool.

In a way, I guess it makes sense. After all, Gill's first few years in the league coincided with Reggie's prime. Or at least the start of it. Back then, Gill was just learning the rules of playing defense in the NBA, and I'm sure Lewis was a very willing tutor. The result? A permanent stamp on Gill's memory: Damn, Reggie Lewis could play.

Anyway, for today's Box Score Bank, I wanted to track down one of the games that helped cement Gill's respect for Reggie's game, and it didn't take long to find the perfect example:

April 12, 1992: Reggie Lewis hits 15 OF 19 SHOTS and scores 35 points on Kendall Gill and the Hornets. For good measure, Lewis added nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks. Ah, that's good Reggie.

And how about Kevin Gamble?

(Note: It didn't fit with the tone of this post, but it's probably worth mentioning that Gill was guarding Lewis the night he collapsed. Not that Gill had anything to do with it. Just a weird coincidence.)

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Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17


Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17

ARLINGTON, Texas - Maybe the Cowboys will be OK without quarterback Tony Romo this time. The future of the Dallas running game with Ezekiel Elliott looks pretty good, too.

Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass in fellow rookie Elliott's first 100-yard game, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak.

With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without the injured Romo over three seasons before the fourth-round pick showed up.

Prescott's first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career. Philadelphia's Carson Wentz has 102, and those are the two highest career-opening totals for a rookie in NFL history.

"Dak's handled every opportunity he's had right from the start really, really well," coach Jason Garrett said. "No different tonight."

Brian Hoyer had trouble moving the Chicago offense early with Jay Cutler sidelined by a sprained right thumb as the Bears fell behind 24-3 at halftime and dropped to 0-3 for the second time in two seasons under coach John Fox.

Making his 27th career start for his fourth different team, Hoyer was 30 of 49 for 317 yards - a good portion of that with the game out of each late in the fourth quarter - and threw for two scores to Zach Miller.

"We haven't played a complete game," Fox said. "This week was the reverse of what we've had. We played very poorly in the first half."

Elliott finished with 140 yards on 30 carries, including a 14-yard run when he hurdled safety Chris Prosinski. The Cowboys kept giving him the ball while trying to work the clock with a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter a week after he was benched because of two fumbles in a win over Washington.

"Made a lot of good runs tonight, a lot tough runs, a lot of NFL runs," Garrett said. "He's physically tough. He's mentally tough."

It didn't even bother Prescott that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith missed just the second game of his six-year career after his back tightened up during the week.

Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards in Dallas' first home win since last year's opener, which was a week before the first of two broken left collarbones that kept Romo out of 12 games last season.

Romo is expected to miss about another month after breaking a bone in his back in the preseason.

Prescott had one of three rushing touchdowns for the Cowboys, who have seven this season after getting eight all of last year, when they finished 4-12.

Because the Bears fell behind again, they couldn't do much with the running game. They had just 15 carries for 73 yards and lost leading rusher Jeremy Langford to an ankle injury in the second half.