We’re getting into the homestretch as the playoff portion of the Vegas Summer League started Wednesday. This is the last chance for some players to make a good impression on NBA executives and hopefully earn a spot on a team’s roster for the new season.
NOLA vs ATL
James Young got the start tonight for the Pelicans and played 21 minutes. While not necessarily attention-getting, his 8 points, 3 rebounds, plus an assist and a steal rounded out a solid outing for Young. New Orleans downed the Hawks, 105-95.
8 pts (3-8 FG) (2-7 3pt FG)
21 minutes pic.twitter.com/hFTEzRW4YM
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) July 12, 2017
MIA vs WAS
Though Miami was in action, Bam Adebayo had the night off. No worries for Miami, though. They managed to edge Washington 89-88. Unrelated to Summer League, but good news for the Big Blue Nation was the announcement by the Wizards that they have signed former Cat, Jodie Meeks for 2017-18. John Wall will no doubt be grateful for the addition of a great shooter.
SAC vs MIL
With De’Aaron Fox leaving Monday’s game mid-way through the 3rd quarter to get his ankle iced, it was not surprising to see him in street clothes Wednesday. But Cat fans finally got what they had been waiting for the past week: Dominique Hawkins finally saw playing time as the Kings faced off against the Bucks. In this elimination game, Dom got 11 minutes, making his only 3-point attempt for a total of 3 points. Hawkins also had 2 rebounds and provided solid defense while showing excellent passing skills in his limited action.
But the star of the game was clearly Skal Labissiere as the Kings defeated Milwaukee. Skal was key in the Kings overcoming a 9-point 4th quarter deficit and his made free throw with 12.6 seconds remaining sealed the victory. Labissiere ended the night with 19 points, 9 boards, 1 assist, 3 steals and 2 blocks. With the 69-65 win, the Kings survive to play at least one more game.
PHI vs LAL
The nightcap game featured Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers. This was a high-scoring affair compared to most of the other games played tonight with the Lakers eliminating the Sixers, 103-102.
Lonzo Ball made an amazing recovery from his groin injury that prevented him from playing Monday night versus the Kings (and De’Aaron Fox). It was interesting to see that Ball had ditched his Big Baller Brand shoes (that look like a total knockoff of the Nike Kobe’s) and was wearing actual Nike Kobe’s. Maybe the shoes helped Lonzo with his shooting as he scored 36 points. Ball’s impressive stat line included 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks. Fortunately, he did enough to overcome his 6 turnovers. Ball also had an encounter with another former Cat when Alex Poythress did this:
Alex Poythress destroys this shot by Lonzo Ball. pic.twitter.com/oHZT1yhYiz
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) July 13, 2017
For the Sixers, Poythress was on a mission, scoring 11 points and grabbing 5 boards in just his first 9 minutes of play. Poy ended the game with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal. Isaiah Briscoe made the most of his limited playing time (8 minutes), ending with 12 points, 2 boards, 1 assists, and 1 steal. Aaron Harrison never found his shooting range in the Sixers’ final game of the league and ended the night with no points and 2 rebounds.
2nd Round Matchups of Interest
POR vs TOR
NOLA vs SA
MIA vs LAC
SAC vs DAL
DEN vs BRK
LAL vs CLE
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