The much-anticipated “rematch” between De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball didn’t happen when word came out late Monday afternoon that Ball would not be playing in order to “rest a sore groin.” The reaction on Twitter was predictable:
Lonzo Ball after seeing De'Aaron Fox's Kings up next on the Summer League schedule…. pic.twitter.com/bLCKIBY8U4
— TPS (@TotalProSports) July 10, 2017
Without further ado, here’s how the former Cats did in Monday’s games:
MIA vs WAS
BRK vs NOLA
TOR vs DEN
Cameron Mills Radio writer, Tina Cox, is celebrating her birthday in Las Vegas. She spoke with Mychal Mulder’s father today and he informed her he was going to attend the Raptors/Nuggets game because he thought it might be the only chance he would get to see his son playing in an NBA game. Fortunately, Mulder got 14 minutes of playing time, recording 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist as Toronto edged Denver 82-81.
Mychal Mulder with the nice driving left handed layup. pic.twitter.com/xiFzsfzQ3W
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) July 11, 2017
LAC vs MIL
We would love to report on Kyle Wiltjer’s performance tonight, but he did not play (coach’s decision).
LAL vs SAC
With all the hype that was generated over the expected Fox-Ball rematch, the game ended up rather anti-climatic. For the Big Blue Nation, disappointment was felt once again when Dominique Hawkins was not given the opportunity to play. Let’s face it: the Kings haven’t been setting the world on fire during Summer League, so what could be lost by giving the Kentucky native at least a chance to show his stuff? De’Aaron Fox certainly did everything he could to help his team, but all he could do was deliver great passes that resulted in missed shots, thus not helping his assist numbers. He left the game in the middle of the 3rd quarter and was seen on the bench with his right ankle iced. Skal Labissiere was also missing in action, after having had 2 very solid outings before Monday’s game. De’Aaron ended the game with 12 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist and was a perfect 4-4 from the charity strike. Skal had 2 points and 5 rebounds.
The Lakers led by double-digits for most of the game (they led by as much as 28), but midway through the 4th quarter the Kings came to life and almost completed an incredible comeback before ultimately falling to Los Angeles, 95-92.
Tuesday’s Games (we’re winding down!)
PHI vs BOS 6:30 p.m. ESPN2
MIA vs DAL 8:00 p.m. NBA-TV
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Assisting with game recaps this week, @kaylamoore and @xksyorkx