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NBA Summer League in Las Vegas begins, Ayton in action

08 July 2018

Most of the eight teams get Friday off, the lone exception being Golden State - which meets the Los Angeles Clippers in the 10th and final game on the Las Vegas opening-day slate.

Play in both summer leagues wraps on Thursday before the more prestigious Vegas Summer League, in which all 30 teams are participating, begins on Friday.

The second half did not open the way Los Angeles would have hoped.

Mykhailiuk struggled from behind the arc (2-for-8) in the Lakers' loss to the Heat but still managed to finish with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.

He will miss the rest of the summer league, a blow after Jackson missed his rookie National Basketball Association season with a right ankle injury.

We get to see the rookies play their first professional games, check up on how some of the younger players are developing and we get more exposure to some of the G League players who may have a shot at an National Basketball Association roster. It's largely been those undrafted finds who have led in Sacramento this week. Jeffrey Carroll turned in 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Warriors jumped out to a quick 20-13 first-quarter lead before the Lakers (0-3) roared back to total 24 points in a productive second quarter, slicing their deficit down to 43-37 by intermission.

Derrickson didn't even know he was starting Thursday until shortly before the game but was the lastest to leave his mark this summer. "We capitalize off the mistakes that the defense makes", Bluiett said. "Playing together will take you a long way". If there is enough support to make it part of the game, the challenge would need to clear a couple of hurdles before being adopted, a process that wouldn't play out until at least 2019.

"We're getting close to getting those things done, but we're not there yet", Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We don't want to run those guys into the ground". Although he has played just two games, he's leading the Utah Circuit in points per game with 21.5 and assists per game with 7.5. I'm a learner. I love to learn. "This is the time for him to be aggressive".

The first summer league hosted by the Sacramento Kings, the California Classic, came to a close Thursday.

Jackson Jr. was someone I had doubts about, but just a couple of games into the Summer League, those have been put to bed. It's easy to go away from the offense and think you have to get your own. But we try to convince the guys that the way we look good is when we do it together. He played in 17 games last season including one playoff game, but spent most of his time in the G League.

"I love everybody on the team so far", Green said. "I like what the guys are bringing".

Teams will play three round-robin games, followed by a double elimination tournament.

Whether or not Green sees any of his players from this month in Golden State's locker room in the fall, their week in Sacramento has been drawn nothing but postive reviews.

He got so hot during the New Orleans Pelicans mini-camp that Hanson figured he had to get Bluiett on the court once the team got to Las Vegas.

NBA Summer League in Las Vegas begins, Ayton in action