Friday is the last chance to see 16 of the 24 teams that competed in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League. The slate features eight games in which the losers from elimination rounds will face each other in matchups that will determine their final placement in the tournament.
Let's look at all the action for today in Las Vegas (all times ET):
The Spurs couldn't repeat as champions after getting the Summer League title last year. They shut down Kyle Anderson and without their best player, the rest of the team couldn't get past the Timberwolves. First-round pick Dejounte Murray as well as two other players who are expected to be in the roster when the season starts -- Jonathon Simmons and Livio Jean Charles -- will try to lead San Antonio past the winless Kings to end Becky Hammon's second stint as head coach on a good note.
Sacramento's summer roster features a lot of talent, as first-round picks Georgios Papagiannis, Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere joined sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein in Vegas. Things just haven't clicked and the Kings have lost all games so far. The individual performances have been a mixed bag, as no one has really stood out but all the players that will be on the roster next season showed flashes. A good performance and a win in their last game would make the Kings' Summer League stint feel less disappointing.
Pelicans (1-3) vs. D-League Select (2-2), 4:30 p.m., Thomas & Mack Center, NBA TV
Buddy Hield's Summer League has been a roller coaster ride, as the electrifying scorer has mixed in poor performances with bursts of brilliance. He has shot 34 percent from the floor and 28 percent from beyond the arc --dreadful marks. Yet he has also gotten hot and gone on runs of his own, like when he hit four consecutive three-pointers against the Jazz. The Pelicans are surely hoping he will be more steady after the season starts and ending his participation with a solid performance could help ease some concerns.
The D-League Select is all about giving its members a chance to catch the eye of a front office and earn a contract, so it's not surprising that no one on it averages more than 23 minutes a game. No one has really excelled so far so expect them to give it their all on their last chance to wow a team. Jaron Johnson and Jabril Tarwick have arguably been the best performers so far and another good showing could get them a job, either in the NBA or, more likely, in Europe.
Trail Blazers (1-3) vs. Celtics (1-3), 6 p.m., Cox Pavilion, NBA TV
The Blazers gave us the craziest game of Summer League, a double overtime, sudden death victory over the Jazz. They also boast a roster with plenty of players with NBA experience but have mostly disappointed. Pat Connaughton, Shabazz Napier and Luis Montero have all really struggled from the field. Noah Vonleh has been left to do the heavy lifting and the sophomore has answered the call, doing a little bit of everything.
The Celtics are one of the most loaded teams in the tournament, as they feature five first-round picks, including third-overall selection of the 2016 draft, Jaylen Brown. Their breakout star has been sophomore Terry Rozier but the bigger story has been how disappointing R.J. Hunter and James Young have been. They could leave a better impression with a good showing against the Trail Blazers, so expect them to come out energized. Guerschon Yabusele against Vonleh should be a lot of fun, too.
Milwaukee's Summer League has been all about Thon Maker. The seven footer has alternated between great performances in which his physical tools have allowed him to make a mark on the boards and as a shot blocker and others in which he has seemed lost. He even had the dubious honor of fouling out in Vegas, no small feat considering players get 10 fouls. Rashad Vaughn has been similarly inconsistent despite having a year under his belt.
The game will present some interesting matchups, as Montrezl Harrell might get to go toe to toe with Maker while K.J. McDaniels guards Vaughn. Those two along with Sam Dekker have done a good job all throughout the tournament, which bodes well for a Rockets team that will need all the depth it can get next season. Kyle Witjer has earned a training camp offer with his play. This could be an entertaining matchup.
Hawks (3-2) vs. Grizzlies (2-2), 8 p.m., Cox Pavilion, ESPN 2
DeAndre Bembry has been the Hawks's best player so far, despite not leading the team in any category. He's been solid across the board, which is exactly what Atlanta will need from him next season. Taurean Prince has showed flashes of being an impact player on the boards and on defense and Edy Tavares has been very efficient on offense while also providing a good inside presence. After this Summer League performance, it seems like those three have a chance to help next season. Now it's time to finish strong.
The Grizzlies have given plenty of run to their most recent first-round pick, Wade Baldwin, and the results have been mixed. He has done a good job on the boards and been disruptive on defense but his offense is very raw. That was the scouting report on the talented guard coming into the league, so it's not exactly surprising. It would be great for him to have a good showing in the least game of Summer League, as Baldwin gets ready for an offseason in which he has a lot of work to do.
Ben Simmons has taken some flak for resting a couple of games, which the 76ers say was their decision and not the No. 1-overall pick's. It's unclear whether he will suit up on Friday but if he does, it's worth tuning in to watch him in his last game before the season. He's shown flashes of brilliance as a facilitator and while his shot needs to improve, you can really see a star in the making when he's at his best.
The Heat don't have anyone with Simmons' pedigree but they have gotten good performances from Briante Webber, Victor Rudd and Rodney McGruber. The matchup would be much more interesting were Justise Winslow playing but Miami has given every opponent all they could handle, so while Philadelphia is more talented on paper, they could be heading towards their fifth loss of the tournament.
The Warriors might have found a gem in Patrick McCaw, the 38th pick in the 2016 draft. The 6'7 shooting guard is long, can defend and has shot 38 percent from beyond the arc in Summer League play. He could carve out a spot for himself in the rotation next season, as Golden State starts to rebuild its depth. He's been by far the team's best player so far and will likely be looking to go out with a bang, so he's the player to watch.
Justin Anderson will try to stop him, and he just might succeed. The Mavericks' small forward has proved to be a very good defender, earning some minutes in last year's playoffs. He's had a great Summer League run despite some shooting struggles. Another standout has been Jonathan Gibson, who earned a training camp contract with Dallas thanks to his scoring. This should be an interesting battle.
Jazz (2-3) vs. Lakers (3-1), 10:30 p.m., Thomas & Mack Center, NBA TV
Trey Lyles proved that he was too good for Summer League, so the Jazz shut him down to give others a chance to show their worth. Second-round pick Joel Bolomboy and Tibor Pleiss are trying to do just that. The former is an über athletic big man who has done a great job on the glass. The latter is a 7'3 center who is trying to develop a three-point shot and has connected on four of his 15 attempts. They could be fighting for a roster spot, so this last game will matter to them.
The Lakers seemed on their way to the Summer League title but collapsed against the Cavaliers. Worse yet, Larry Nance, who was having a fantastic run, hurt his hand. It has still been a good experience for the young core, which seems to have the talent to be special. D'Angelo Russell showed some growth, Brandon Ingram had flashes of greatness and Ivica Zubac seems like a great find in the second round. Los Angeles has taken the tournament seriously, so their players will surely like to end their participation with a win.