The Las Vegas Summer League’s penultimate day has come and gone. There was plenty of entertaining activity, as usual, and a number of clubs finished out their summer schedules. The following are some of the most important takeaways from the eight games.
Metu has been suspended from the championship game
Chimezie Metu of the Sacramento Kings was dismissed on Sunday after striking Dallas Mavericks forward Eugene Omoruyi in the head following a harsh foul. Metu’s reaction has cost him, as the league confirmed on Monday that he will be suspended for Tuesday’s final game.
The Los Angeles Kings, who won the Las Vegas Summer League title in 2014, will face the Boston Celtics for the championship at 9 p.m. ET. Neither team has yet to lose in the competition, which is shaping up to be a fierce battle.
Grimes and McBride, both rookies with the Knicks, have a strong finish
The Knicks are trying to capitalize on their first playoff participation in nearly a decade after being one of last season’s surprise teams. They might have some aid on the way in the shape of two rookies: Quentin Grimes and Deuce McBride, based on how things have gone in Vegas.
The combo has wowed fans all summer and finished strong by leading the Knicks to a 104-85 victory over the Hawks. Grimes made six 3-pointers his route to a 26-point, six-rebound, three-assist outburst, while he also blasted five triples en route to 19 points and four assists. This pair will be one to keep an eye on during training camp and the early part of next season.
For the Cavaliers, Stevens scores the game-winning shot
The Cleveland Cavaliers finished their Summer League campaign with an 88-85 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday. They did so owing to Lamar Stevens’ late-game heroics, in which he forced his way into the paint and executed a lovely little finish to give the Cavs the lead with just 24 seconds left.
Stevens secured a spot with the Cavaliers after going undrafted last year and appearing in 40 games as a rookie. A productive summer and crucial occasions like this can only help his cause within the company.
Garza puts up a show and earns a two-way contract
Luka Garza had a great collegiate career at Iowa, where he was named national player of the year last season by a unanimous vote. He didn’t get much love from the NBA world because he was a slow-footed big who preferred to operate near the basket and was already 22 years old.
In fact, until the Detroit Pistons took him with the 52nd overall pick, he was on the verge of going undrafted. Garza has performed well in Vegas, so this could prove to be a wise decision. He’s shown off a strong 3-point shot and recorded two massive double-doubles, including a 21-point, 15-rebound performance in the Pistons’ season-ending game on Monday.
Thanks to his strong performances, he reportedly earned a two-way contract according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Source: MSN Sports