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Ball exited the game with 16 points, four rebounds and 10 assists.
The No. 2 overall pick entered the semifinals having built a strong candidacy to be summer league MVP. In his first five appearances, he had averaged 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 9.2 assists.
While summer league basketball is far from the pressure cooker the regular season will be for Ball, he has made a strong impression in Vegas:
eric sondheimer @latsondheimer
Lonzo Ball is showing basketball is a simple game. What works in high school can work in college and work in the NBA. It’s fundamentals.
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
I feel sorry for people who are too busy complaining about Lonzo Ball hype to enjoy watching him play.
Ricky O’Donnell @SBN_Ricky
Lonzo makes all of his teammates the best versions of themselves just by being on the floor. How many NBA players can you say that about?
Since Ball’s injury doesn’t appear to be too serious, the Lakers’ primary concern will be his availability for the summer league title game on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers should they beat the Mavericks.
Los Angeles would undoubtedly be at a disadvantage without its best player on the floor.