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MAC NBA Summer League Day 6 Recap: Let the Playoffs Begin

The playoffs started yesterday, but two former MAC players got knocked out in the first round.


We didn't have an update yesterday because, well, nothing happened yesterday. Michael Bramos didn't play in the Atlanta Hawks' loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Chris Evans didn't play with the Nuggets yesterday either, mainly because he did not travel to Las Vegas with the team:

Thanks to the folks at Kent State for pointing that out, I apologize that we missed it earlier. Evans participated in the Nuggets mini-camp but never made the trip to the Summer League. Hopefully he can go back to Europe and have yet another successful season or hang on with a D-League team in the States. He certainly has the talent to be at the NBA level.

Javon McCrea and the 10th Seeded Dallas Mavericks opened up the Summer League playoffs with a surprising 82-81 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The Mavs lost on a desperation three-pointer from Roberto Nelson, a play you'll see again certainly. McCrea was pretty much par for the course, playing seven minutes and only scoring two points and didn't collect a rebound. It's a little disappointing that he hasn't been as productive in Summer League, but at least the experience is invaluable.

The game of the day (for our purposes) featured a potential MAC-on-MAC battle. Mitchell Watt's 11th Seeded Golden State Warriors took on Michael Bramos's 22nd Seeded Atlanta Hawks. The previously 0-3 Hawks shocked the defending champions, beating the Warriors 68-65.

Unfortunately, Bramos ended up with a second straight Did Not Play on his scoring line. Watt however, did play, but took a step back after some pretty quality games. He scored just two points in seventeen minutes of play. While not the most offensively gifted player, Watt usually makes his presence known on the defensive end. That was not the case yesterday as Watt had just three rebounds and picked up six fouls (along with four turnovers). What was going to be a good game for us MAC fans turned out to be a bit of a dud.

Today's games are all second-round playoff games. The consolation bracket gets underway tomorrow, so there (Iikely) won't  be much to report on tomorrow. Here's the info for the Hawks' next game:

Away Home Time Network
#22 Hawks #6 Blazers 6:00 NBATV

Let's hope the Bramos is able to get some playing time in the playoffs.