The Las Vegas Summer League moved into its tournament-style format yesterday, and unfortunately for a few former Gonzaga stars, it was the end of the line whether by defeat or injury.
As previously mentioned in this space, Portland’s Zach Collins exited a game Tuesday night with a right quad injury that was reported as a bruise, and it appears the team will be holding him out for the remainder of Summer League as a precautionary measure. The Blazers did beat the hapless Chicago Bulls 88-77 to move on to the next round.
Kevin Pangos got the starting nod again for the Washington Wizards after a DNP in the prior game, and finished with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 2 turnovers in 24 minutes. The Wizards lost to the Miami Heat on a buzzer beating block by former Pepperdine Wave Lamond Murray Jr. after Pangos set up a teammate for the would-be game winning bucket with a nice drive-and-dish.
Pangos has acquitted himself well during the course of the Summer League campaign. Whether he’s done enough to get a longer look in some team’s training camp, or if he’d rather lock down a secure spot in Europe once again is to be determined.
Nigel Williams-Goss also started for the Jazz in their 97-81 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Williams-Goss finished with 7 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and most importantly only 2 turnovers. It was an up-and-down summer league campaign for the Cousy Award Finalist, to be sure, but the experience can only help as he acclimates to a new level before training camp gets underway in the fall. Williams-Goss will need to continue working on his shooting and comfort running the Jazz offense in order to avoid starting the season in the G-League (formerly D-League).
David Stockton got a DNP in the Suns-Jazz game and Jordan Mathews logged a DNP in the Pelicans win over the Atlanta Hawks.
- New Orleans Pelicans v. San Antonio Spurs, 1:00pm PT (NBAtv) - Jordan Mathews (NO)
- Miami Heat v. LA Clippers, 3:30pm PT (ESPN2) - Kyle Wiltjer (LAC)
- Phoenix Suns v. Memphis Grizzlies, 5:00pm PT (NBAtv) - David Stockton (PHX)