There were eight matchups Monday afternoon/evening in Vegas, the second-to-last day of “regular season play” for the Vegas Summer League. The playoffs will begin on July 13th and the championship will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 18th. Here’s a look at Monday’s action.
Memphis Grizzlies 85, Milwaukee Bucks 81
The first game on Monday’s slate featured former UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn, who started for the Bucks. Vaughn was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, but has yet to truly find his rhythm in the pros. However, Vaughn had a solid afternoon, finishing second on his team in points with 16 to go along with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Brooklyn Nets 72, Atlanta Hawks 65
The matinee matchup at the Thomas & Mack Center did not feature a former Mountain West player. But it did feature 36 turnovers and no single player scoring more than 16 points, if that’s your thing.
NBA D-League Select 89, Houston Rockets 71
The 3pm local matchup in the Cox Pavilion also did not have an ex-Mountain West player in action. The D-League Select team, led by forward Joel Wright, took this one easily.
Toronto Raptors 80, Dallas Mavericks 69
Toronto forward and ex-New Mexico big man Alex Kirk was the only Mountain West player from either side in this matchup. Kirk did not play on Monday, but has had a few nice moments thus far in the Vegas Summer League.
Miami Heat 92, Denver Nuggets 81
It was another day on the bench for former UNLV post Chris Obekpa. Obekpa has had his struggles in the Summer League, either not being able to see any playing time or only receiving a handful of minutes, making it difficult to find a rhythm before hitting the pine again. The Nuggets, however, had two ex-MWers in action Monday with former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette and ex-Wyoming guard Josh Adams. Fredette started against for Denver, logging 33 minutes and continuing his hot shooting. Fredette finished with 18 points on 7-15 shooting and 3-6 from downtown. Adams, who came off the bench for 15 minutes, was unable to hit any of his three shots from beyond the arc but he did connect on all four of his free throws.
Cleveland Cavaliers 99, Minnesota Timberwolves 68
No Mountain West players to be seen in the massive 31-point blowout between the Cavaliers and T’Wolves. Raphiael Putney led the Cavaliers with 19 points and six rebounds off the bench.
New Orleans Pelicans 70, Sacramento Kings 66
Another game without an appearance from a former Mountain West player. Derrick Jones Jr., who spent this past season with the Runnin’ Rebs, did not get off the bench for the Sacramento Kings.
Los Angeles Lakers 78, Golden State Warriors 65
It was another solid performance by Warriors guard Patrick McCaw Monday night. McCaw has displayed his potential throughout the Summer League, ensuring the Warriors coaching staff that he deserves to be on the roster. McCaw started and logged 33 minutes, scoring 13 points and grabbing three boards in the loss. Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. - who exploded two nights ago - was unable to score in 17 minutes of play. As Nance explained on Twitter postgame, he was an “ugly part of an ugly game,” but still has his eyes set on “winning this whole thing.”
The full six-game Tuesday schedule is listed below. The game of the day figu to be the late matchup between James Webb III, Christian Wood and the 76ers taking on Patrick McCaw and the Warriors.
Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets (4 PM ET)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz (4:30 PM ET)
Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks (6 PM ET)
Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns (6:30 PM ET)
San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls (8 PM ET)
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors (8:30 PM ET)