Lonzo Ball didn’t play well in the first summer league game of his career, and that does not matter at all. ESPN and Deadspin, to name a few, are crushing the 19-year-old, though, with headlines describing his performance as a “disaster” and “nightmarish.” Those are harsh words for a rookie playing in a game with such unimportance that a very minor Brandon Ingram leg cramp was enough for Magic Johnson to pull him before overtime started.
Ball wasn’t good, but was far from that bad. He had a few good flashes. His first play of the game was an alley-oop tossed from Steph Curry’s-three-point range to a cutting Ingram that had the entire arena roaring.
He saw the floor just as he did at UCLA, finishing with five assists and a number of plays leading to assists. Yet his 1-of-11 shooting from three are what most are taking away from his first taste of NBA action, especially the two misses he had late with the game on the line.
Ultimately, Smith and an impressive group of young Mavericks rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a respectable margin. But the Lakers still pulled away with a 108-98 win with Ball as the twilight of the night.
Los Angeles moves on to the Summer League finals for a shot at the tournament crown against the Trail Blazers on Monday. Smith takes his first NBA loss to Lonzo Ball.
There are several ways you can cut a two-game night that also featured Portland’s 19-point Cheap MLB Jerseys From China comeback victory. But if you called the night quits early, here’s what you missed:
Memphis was giving Portland a lashing. The Grizz were Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys up 19 in the third quarter thanks to solid play from Wayne Selden, Vincent Hunter, and Jarell Martin. But Blazers rookie Caleb Swanigan added onto an impressive Summer League output with 15 points and 11 rebounds.