Round 2 of the 2013 Las Vegas NBA Summer League tournament will unfold on Thursday, and the schedule is loaded with eight games that will feature some of the most exciting players at the event. Cody Zeller and the Charlotte Bobcats will take on the Memphis Grizzlies, while John Henson and the Milwaukee Bucks will face the Los Angeles Lakers in single-elimination action. The losers of the contests on Thursday will play again on Friday in the consolation bracket, while the winners will advance for a shot at the tournament title. Here's a breakdown of the schedule for games at COX Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center. All game times are Eastern, and TV viewing options are listed to the right of the game times.
4 p.m. ET | NBA TV | COX Pavilion | #7 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. #10 San Antonio Spurs (Game 40)
Tyler Zeller has been more impressive than Dion Waiters so far for Cleveland, but Waiters will have another opportunity to make an impact on Thursday against the Spurs. The second-year guard is shooting just 29.5 percent from the field in Las Vegas (13-44) despite averaging a team-high 14.0 points per game, while Zeller is putting up 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest. Meanwhile, Deshaun Thomas (17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) has come on strong for San Antonio.
4:30 p.m. ET | ESPN3 | Thomas & Mack Center | #8 LA Lakers vs. #9 Milwaukee Bucks (Game 41)
John Henson has been one of the best players in Las Vegas Summer League this year, and even after an eight turnover performance in his last game, the second-year forward from UNC has become a force by posting 14.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over two games. Marcus Landry leads the Lakers at 14.7 points per game.
6 p.m. ET | NBA TV | COX Pavilion | #6 Toronto Raptors vs. #22 Denver Nuggets (Game 42)
Jonas Valanciunas has opened a lot of eyes this week, and he may be the most impressive player at the entire event. Valanciunas' domination has manifested in the form of 20.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, through three games. The second-year big man makes Toronto a must-watch team. Evan Fournier is only shooting 39.5 percent from the field for Denver, but he's worth checking out as well.
6:30 p.m. ET | ESPN3| Thomas & Mack Center | #5 Charlotte Bobcats vs. #21 Memphis Grizzlies (Game 43)
Rookie big man Cody Zeller owns impressive per-game averages of 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds, and he has established himself as one of the best first-year players in Las Vegas. It's a good sign for the Bobcats, so take a minute to check out how the crafty young big man is making his mark. Second-year guard Jeff Taylor is the second-leading scorer in the LVSL, at 21.0 points per game.
Tony Wroten has scored 16 points per contest for Memphis, but he's done it on 29.3 percent shooting. Those numbers will have to improve if the Grizzlies hope to advance to Round 3.
8 p.m. ET | NBA TV | COX Pavilion | #3 Phoenix vs. #19 Portland Trail Blazers (Game 44)
8:30 p.m. ET | ESPN3 | Thomas & Mack Center | #4 NBA D-League Select vs. #13 Minnesota Timberwolves (Game 45)
Shabazz Muhammad has only recorded three assists (and committed 10 turnovers) in four games for an underwhelming Timberwolves team, and his scoring numbers are down (9.8 ppg), but he will get another chance to make a positive impact against a feisty D-League Select team.
10 p.m. ET | NBA TV | COX Pavilion | #2 Chicago Bulls vs. #18 Miami Heat (Game 46)
Andrew Goudelock is the leading scorer in the LVSL at 22.7 points per game, Malcolm Thomas is the top rebounder at the event at 16.0 rebounds per game and Marquis Teague is third in assists per game at 5.7. That should be more than enough reason to stay up and check out the Bulls on Thursday night.
10:30 p.m. ET | ESPN3 | Thomas & Mack Center | #1 Golden State Warriors vs. #16 Dallas Mavericks (Game 47)
In the final game of the evening, Kent Bazemore (15.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.7 apg) will lead the Warriors against Josh Akognon (20.5 ppg) and the Mavericks. Will we finally see a No. 1 vs. No. 16 tournament upset?