Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics were able to defeat Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers in front of another sold-out crowd in Las Vegas at the NBA Summer League. Tatum put up another nice outing on the scoring end by posting 25 points, 11 rebounds, and shooting 9-19 from the floor.
In the loss, Lonzo Ball was able to post his first-ever triple-double while playing in the NBA. He tallied up a total of 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. The performance from Lonzo was much better than his Summer League debut Friday night when he posted just 5 points while shooting 2-15 from the floor.
Ball was able to turn it around by making 5 of his 13 attempts against the Celtics. However, he continued to struggle with shooting the ball from the perimeter by going just 1-5 from downtown. Despite providing the crowd much excitement with his speed and flashy passing, the Lakers came up short, in the end, losing by a final score of 86-81.
Jayson Tatum continues to show off his development in the NBA Summer League as well. With the help of second-year forward Jaylen Brown, Tatum has put up solid numbers in every game he’s played in so far for the Celtics this summer.
Although the Lakers have only competed in two Summer League games, Lonzo Ball continues to try and find his shot from the perimeter. In the two games, he’s shot a combined 2-16 from three-point land. At UCLA, shooting the three contributed to a big part of his scoring. However, in his second Summer League outing, he had more success scoring the ball when driving to the basket.
Brandon Ingram did not participate in the matchup against the Celtics after going down with a leg injury in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against the Clippers. The injury wound up only being a cramp but team president Magic Johnson does not want to risk losing the guy who he thinks will grow into the star of the team.
The Celtics’ next game will be held on Sunday night, at 8:30 (ET), against the Portland Trailblazers. The Lakers will face off against the Sacramento Kings on Monday, at 10:30 (ET). Both games will take place on ESPN.
Who do you think will have a better NBA career, Lonzo Ball or Jayson Tatum?
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