Las Vegas Summer League Game 6: Mavs vs. Lakers

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 17, 2017

Lakers' guard Lonzo Ball played his best Summer League game last night, and he did it while sporting a purple pair of Nike Kobe A.D.s. Now, it's hard to take much away from one game, and it's possible that Lonzo Ball simply had his best game so far because he wanted to impress LeBron James, who was in the crowd (in all likelihood sizing up his future competition). The victor of that game will play in the final on Monday against the victor of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies. Smith matched the 14 points to go with three assists and a rebound in the opening half. Ferrell pitched in 15 points in the starting lineup.

Lonzo's father, LaVar Ball, told ESPN that his decision to wear Nike is all about his freedom to choose and has nothing to do with any negotiations with the shoe/apparel company.

The Lakers' odds haven't shifted in the past few weeks, with most betting lines in Las Vegas still putting the team at 100 to one odds to win the 2018 NBA Finals.

Lonzo Ball scored 36 points in his third NBA Summer League game on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers, seemingly quietening critics who question whether he's poised for NBA stardom.

The Lakers' prospects in that game understandably may hinge on Ball's availability. And following a 108-98 defeat, the Mavericks (5-1) saw their summer-league championship hopes come to an abrupt end.

LaVar Ball says son Lonzo is showing shoe brands 'what they could have had'

The two went right at each other from the jump, combining to hit their first seven field goals in a back-and-forth affair.

Jake Layman scored 22 points, Jarnell Stokes had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and Portland set up a meeting with top-seeded Toronto.

Lonzo and the Lakers play again in the semifinals of the Vegas Summer League on Sunday night, so he'll have another footwear decision to make before he takes on Dallas. The Grizzlies traded Stokes to Miami the following season in the deal that brought Mario Chalmers to Memphis.

The UCLA product previously missed a game against the Kings on Monday due to a minor groin injury, but he returned to play four games in five nights as the Lakers made a push through the playoff portion of the tournament.

Torrey Craig had 27 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to lead Denver to its first victory and a spot in the second round.

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