Day 4 of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas wrapped up yesterday with a fantastic game winner that saw the Los Angeles Lakers stop the Golden State Warriors' long Summer League winning streak. Both former MAC players were able to get more minutes than they had been getting in previous games which is awesome to see.
Javon McCrea and the Dallas Mavericks started the day off with an 88-57 blowout win over the Toronto Raptors. This was the best thing that could have happened for McCrea, who has earned limited playing time in the past two games. Because the game was out of hand early, McCrea was able to get extended playing time and had the chance to prove himself on the court.
While he didn't blow people away, he still had a solid game. In seventeen minutes of play McCrea scored seven points on 2-5 shooting and also had three assists. MAC fans know how active on defense McCrea can be, and that showed Monday as the former MAC Player of the Year picked up three rebounds and two steals. The Mavericks went 2-1 and should have a pretty good seed going into the Summer League tournament, so McCrea could have more opportunities to showcase what he can do.
McCrea's former teammate was also on display Monday night in Vegas. Mitchell Watt, a 2011 Buffalo grad and former MAC Player of the Year, was instrumental in the Warriors' 89-88 overtime loss to the Lakers. His eleven points were good for fifth most on the team, outscoring three starters. He collected nine boards which was the most on the team. It wasn't all perfect, as he picked up seven fouls and committed three turnovers. But his twenty three minutes of playing time was more than the amount of minutes he had been playing in the previous two Summer League games.
Today's games will feature the other former MAClete who has gotten consistent Summer League minutes: Michael Bramos. Bramos and the Hawks finish up their "regular season" play against the Blazers early tomorrow afternoon. Former Kent State player Chris Evans and the Nuggets will finish with a nightcap against the Utah Jazz, but Evans' Summer League future is in limbo (see below).
Evans appears to be done in Vegas after tweeting this Monday morning:
Back to VA today...— Chris Evans (@CEvans_4) July 14, 2014
VA would be Virginia, where Evans is originally from. Evans hasn't played yet for the Nuggets, and it appears he won't be playing for them anymore. It's too bad, because he has NBA-level talent.