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NBA Summer League 2017: Updated Las Vegas Schedule, Standings and Top Stats – Bleacher Report

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 13:  Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball up the court against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 13, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 94-83. 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.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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It’s playoff time, people.

Sort of.

This weekend marks the final leg of the NBA Las Vegas Summer League postseason, and we’re down to six teams. Below you can find a schedule for the quarterfinals on Saturday, as well as some numbers to keep in mind as the action unfolds.

      

Schedule

Quarterfinals

  • Blazers @ Spurs—4 p.m. ET
  • Heat @ Grizzlies—6 p.m. ET
  • Celtics @ Mavericks—8 p.m. ET
  • Lakers @ Nets—10 p.m. ET

 Semifinals

  • July 16

Finals

  • July 17

Stats

Lonzo Ball

Jul 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) looks for an open teammate during an NBA Summer League game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

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After stumbling out of the gate in his first professional contest, former UCLA Bruins point guard Lonzo Ball has been as good as advertised.

Again, though, that first game was rough.

The 19-year-old Ball tallied five points on 2-of-15 shooting to go with 1-of-11 from deep. It was a clangfest. He added five assists, four rebounds and three turnovers.

Los Angeles lost, prompting Lonzo’s dad, LaVar—perhaps you’ve heard of him—to call it his firstborn’s “worst game ever”:


Since then, Ball has…well…balled.

The Lakers have gone 2-1 behind a trio of dominant statistical outings, including the first triple-doubles in a decade, per Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver:


Following a 36-point, 11-assist, eight-rebound effort against the Philadelphia 76ers, Ball discussed his sneakers. He rocked some Kobe Bryant kicks, not his own line from Big Baller Brand:


While Lonzo’s footwear will always draw eyes, it’s his play that’s got the Lakers fanbase buzzing. This SportsCenter graphic illustrates how effective Ball has been this summer:


Ball’s 9.8 assists are by far a league-best; Kendall Marshall is No. 2 with 7.8 an outing.

There has been a lot of “it’s only Summer League” talk from those LaVar would deem “haters.” And they’re right—this does not, in any way, guarantee dominant stat lines from Ball once the fall rolls around. But you can only play who’s against you, and Ball has proved worthy of being the No. 2 overall pick.

Team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka put health above Summer League trophies, so don’t be surprised if Ball, who already missed one game with a groin injury, gets pulled out soon. He’s done enough.

       

Cheick Diallo

Dec 11, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA;   New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23), guard Reggie Williams (5) and forward Cheick Diallo (13) walk off the court in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jenn

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

After getting taken with the No. 2 pick of the second round last year, the former Kansas Jayhawks forward faded away from most fans’ memories.

He saw just 17 NBA games with the New Orleans Pelicans, with six of those featuring double-digit minutes. This was a guy who once radiated star potential after being named MVP of both the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic.

Diallo’s lone season at Kansas was a dud, too: 3.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and one assist total in 27 games.

This summer, we’ve seen a new player.


In five Summer League contests, Diallo has averaged 18.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. His boards rank third among all Summer League players, and his scoring average ranks 13th.

Diallo, still 20 years old, seems worlds more confident heading into pro year No. 2, per Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com:



As with Lonzo, Summer League stats only carry so much weight. But Diallo seems to be coming into his own and looks ready to contribute to the Pelicans in 2017-18.

NBA Summer League 2017: Updated Las Vegas Schedule, Standings and Top Stats – Bleacher Report

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