NBA Summer League 2018: Scores and Highlights from Wednesday’s Las Vegas Results

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 9:  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers handles the ball against the Houston Rockets during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 9, 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Single-elimination tournament play got underway Wednesday at the Las Vegas Summer League following three games of pool play per side. 

In all, 16 teams were in action Wednesday at Cox Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center, including Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks and Collin Sexton and the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

As always, the updated bracket can be viewed at NBA.com

Here’s a look at the day’s results and a rundown of which youngsters stood out with second-round berths on the line. 

         

Wednesday’s Schedule and Results

Los Angeles Clippers def. Washington Wizards, 89-74

Sacramento Kings vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

Brooklyn Nets vs. Houston Rockets, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Chicago Bulls vs. Dallas Mavericks, 6:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Golden State Warriors vs. Charlotte Hornets, 10:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

     

Wednesday’s Takeaways

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Looks the Part of Lottery Pick

Watch Shai Gilgeous-Alexander run the Los Angeles Clippers’ summer league offense, and it’s hard not to come away impressed. 

The Kentucky product has never looked overwhelmed by the task at hand, and he’s dictated pace in the half court and transition. That was evident again Wednesday when he lived at the rim and racked up 17 points to go with a team-high six assists. 

But it wasn’t just the numbers. It was the way Gilgeous-Alexander piled them up. 

SGA looked comfortable as could be running high pick-and-rolls, and what stood out most was his ability to use a sliver of daylight, turn the corner and leave defenders in the dust to finish at the rim. 

And even when players were sitting on his hip, SGA used his 7-foot wingspan to convert close-range looks unbothered. 

Looks won’t be that easy once the regular season rolls around since opponents will undoubtedly slide under pick-and-rolls in an effort to pack the paint and cut off driving lanes. But if Gilgeous-Alexander can gain some more confidence in his mid-range jumper to keep defenses guessing, his ceiling should rise in a major way. 

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July 11, 2018 at 02:58PM

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