Summer League action from Las Vegas starts to get closer to the business end of the event Thursday, with eight games on tap. No. 3 overall pick Jabari Smith should be in action for the Rockets, while Knicks guard Quentin Grimes looks to continue his strong play amid trade rumors.
Here we’ll be recapping all the games for Thursday, July 14.
NBA Summer League recaps
Boston Celtics 108, Memphis Grizzlies 91
This was the JD Davison game. It’s hard to see the Alabama point guard cracking Boston’s main rotation, but this performance will raise some eyebrows. Davison went for 28 points and 10 assists while shooting 9-14 from the floor and 4-6 from deep. The Celtics also got a double-double out of Trevion Williams. The Grizzlies continued to show impressive balance with six players reaching double figures scoring. Ziaire Williams led the way for Memphis with 21 points.
Atlanta Hawks 87, San Antonio Spurs 86
This was arguably Blake Wesley’s best game in Las Vegas with 20 points on 8-17 shooting, which will help his confidence. Malaki Branham continued to struggle though. With Dejounte Murray gone, these two rookies will need to step up for San Antonio. Sharife Cooper had his best game from a points standpoint. The Hawks would like to see more out of Cooper in terms of efficiency. The guard will likely hold a backup role with the team, but can he shoot the ball at a decent enough clip to find the floor in key moments? Tyson Etienne was the surprise story for the Hawks in this game with 19 points.
The Cavaliers got 26 combined points from Ochai Agbaji and RJ Nembhard, which was enough to overcome a Pistons team which benched its key players. We’ll see if Cleveland continues pushing its prominent players for the rest of Summer League.
Chicago Bulls 89, Charlotte Hornets 73
Dalen Terry had his best game of the Summer League with 20 points and five rebounds. He also connected on both his triples. Marko Simonovic had a double-double and could be in play for a backup frontcourt role with the main team. Bryce McGowens had an inefficient 15 points to lead Charlotte.
New York Knicks 102, Orlando Magic 89
Miles McBride and Quentin Grimes combined for 45 points as the Knicks blasted a Magic squad without Paolo Banchero. We’ll see if New York can keep this momentum going, and if any young players come up in trade talks surrounding the Knicks and Donovan Mitchell.
Milwaukee Bucks 100, Dallas Mavericks 89
Lindell Wigginton led the way with 25 points as five Bucks players hit double figures scoring. Moses Wright broke out for the Mavericks with a double-double, but Jaden Hardy’s inefficient play continued Thursday. He’s going to have to show significant improvement to gain Jason Kidd’s confidence.
Keon Johnson going for 25 points was a welcome sign for the Blazers. They’ll need him to make a major leap if they want to be a playoff team. The Rockets got solid contributions from Tari Eason and Jabari Smith, who combined for 36 points. Smith had another solid offensive game and is looking like the player who went No. 3 overall.
Brooklyn Nets 102, Minnesota Timberwolves 83
It’s hard for the Nets to find silver linings these days, but at least Cam Thomas and Day’Ron Sharpe are putting up good Summer League numbers. It would’ve been cool if Brooklyn’s superstars were still committed to the franchise so these ancillary pieces could play supporting roles. Thomas and Sharpe might be in for big minutes from the jump depending on how the roster looks.