The LA Clippers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in both teams’ first game of the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.
The LA Clippers 2017-2018 basketball schedule officially kicked off today as they faced the Lakers for their first summer league game. Several players debuted here.
Many prospects logged in their first minutes tonight, such as Jawun Evans, Sindarius Thornwell and even Lonzo Ball for the Lakers. However, it was sophmore Brice Johnson, veteran Kendall Marshall and Thornwell who were the most impressive tonight.
Brice Johnson was no doubt the player of the game at least for this matchup. Johnson finished the game with 23 points and 7 rebounds. His shooting and efficiency were most impressive. Brice shot 10 for 15 from the field and was tied with Kendall Marshall with +14 efficiency, both leading the team. Brice played very well during the first game and deserves more minutes next year. He even embarrassed Lakers rookie, Lonzo Ball, putting him in a blender, leading to the one-handed jam.
Marshall is more of a wild card in this situation, and could be a surprising addition to the roster. The Clippers will be keeping an eye on him throughout the summer. He was the only player who had a double-double with a matching 11 points 11 assists. He played very efficiently leading the team along with Brice Johnson.
Thornwell also impressed tonight. He lead the team with 26 points and 5 rebounds. This helped him show his clutch shooting, scoring all the Clippers points in overtime. He shot 45% from the field and 14 of his points came from the free throw line.
As for the anticipated debut of Lonzo Ball, this is one game he will want to forget. Hopefully that was the worst game of his NBA career, because his shot was nowhere to be found.
Lonzo Finished the game with 5 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 turnovers. Ball shot 2/15 from the field (13%) and 1/11 from three at (9%).
Although the Clippers had a slow start to the game, they were able to break into rhythm during the second half. As soon as the fourth quarter began, the pace picked up for the Clips, who eventually earned a 96-93 overtime victory.