Summer League 6. 6:00 game vs NOP with Trey Murphy III

Trey Murphy III revenge game on tap?

Is this the last game of Summer League? No.

There will be one more game on Tuesday.

Update 2pm: SAC won, so GSW will not be in the Final. But the real dream remains alive, GSW v HOU on Tuesday…

Entering Sunday, there are 5 undefeated teams: BOS (4-0), and 4 teams at 3-0: MIN, NOP, SAC, UTA. GSW is 2-1. For GSW to make it into the Championship, all 4 of the 3-0 teams will have to lose, and obviously GSW will have to win this game vs NOP. Then GSW would have to win a tiebreaker between all one-loss teams (including TOR and possibly also HOU, PHI, BRK) based on point differential. So, pretty unlikely, but still mathematically possible.

For the scoreboard watchers:

  • 12pm. SAC (+39) - DAL

  • 2pm. UTA (+26) -LAC

  • 4pm. MIN (+48) - PHI

  • 6pm. GSW (+14) -NOP (+45)

If GSW is not in the Final, they’ll have some consolation game chosen for maximum ratings, whatever that means.

So frankly, the most likely outcome is GSW does not make the final, but if we’re lucky, they get matched up with HOU, which has the most players I want to see.

The Gory Details

From the NBA:

The 16th MGM Resorts NBA Summer League will feature all 30 NBA teams playing five games each.  After every team plays four games, the two teams with the best records from the first four games will meet in the Championship Game on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.  For a complete schedule, click here.

Format Summary

• All 30 NBA teams will participate. A total of 75 games will be played.

• Each team will play a total of five games. • Each team will play four games from Aug. 8-15.

• The top two teams from their first four games will play in the Championship Game (Aug. 17). Seeding for the Championship Game will be determined by winning percentage with tiebreakers set forth below.

• The 28 teams not playing in the Championship Game will play a fifth game on either Aug. 16 or 17.

• Consolation games will be determined by various factors, including team rivalries, broadcast interest and other scheduling considerations (e.g., timing of back-to-backs).

Tiebreak Criteria

1. Two Teams Tied. In the case of a tie in preliminary round records involving only two teams, the following criteria (in order) will be utilized:

• Head-to-head matchup: The team that won the game between the two teams in the preliminary round, if applicable, receives the higher seed.

• Point differential: The team with the greater point differential receives the higher seed.

• Random drawing: The higher seed shall be determined by a “coin flip.”

2. More Than Two Teams Tied. In the case of a tie in preliminary round records involving more than two teams, the following criteria (in order) will be utilized:

• Point differential: The team with the greater point differential receives the higher seed.

• Random drawing: The higher seed shall be determined by a “coin flip.”

How To Watch

Players To Watch

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Warriors

  • Jonathan Kuminga. Electrifying unharnessed talent. His passing has improved a lot. But will his jumper continue to be a menace to bystanders or settle into consistency?

  • Moses Moody. Subtle, smart and in the middle of winning plays. His shot creation and driving improved a lot after Game 2 and 3. He whizzed some cool passes in Game 4. 

  • Justinian Jessup. He seems to slowly retrieving his confidence. Can he adjust to the speed and strength of NBA players? Can he get open, hit shots and stay with drivers? 

  • Gary Payton II. Can this defensive dynamo play himself onto the roster with some gutsy driving and kicking without a jumper? He has been throwing down some enormous dunks, memorably got hung up on a couple more.

  • Ryan Taylor. Sharpshooter toiling in the G-League who may get a two-way this year. Didn’t pop out in Sacramento and hasn’t played in Las Vegas. Perhaps it’s his turn now to enter the 10 man rotation?

  • Jaquori McLaughlin, a huge favorite of Perks, who wrote an in-depth piece about him. Some good flashes.

  • Kyle Guy. He hit 7 threes and a game-winner last preseason against GSW. He hit some threes and made some great passes in Game 3, but also couldn’t create anything off the dribble against the ORL A-team in crunch time and overtime. Has infuriated some DNHQ regulars.

New Orleans

  • Trey Murphy III. This pure 3-and-D man was a dark horse for the GSW #14 pick before Moses Moody fell to them.

  • Kira Lewis Jr. This returning speed demon is poised to take on a bigger role for NOP.

  • Naji Marshall, Didi Louzada. Returning players need to show they belong in the big leagues.

  • Herbert Jones. This year’s 2nd round draft pick.

Warriors Las Vegas Roster

This is slightly different from the Sacramento California Classic roster. Schakel went to the Kings team, and Dowtin went to the Magic team.

NOP Roster