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NBA Summer League roundup: Findlay Prep star getting chance

Tuesday’s results

Atlanta 84, Indiana 83

Boston 107, Denver 82

Chicago 92, San Antonio 89

Houston 111, Detroit 91

Sacramento 89, Washington 75

Portland 86, L.A. Clippers 66

Wednesday’s schedule

1 p.m.: Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn, ESPN2 (T&M)

2 p.m.: Miami vs. Memphis, NBA TV (COX)

3 p.m.: Cleveland vs. Orlando, ESPN2 (T&M)

4 p.m.: Oklahoma City vs. New Orleans, NBA TV (COX)

5 p.m.: Toronto vs. Golden State, ESPN2 (T&M)

6 p.m.: Utah vs. Dallas, NBA TV (COX)

7 p.m.: New York vs. L.A. Lakers, ESPN2 (T&M)


Tuesday was Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant’s 22nd birthday, and he celebrated by watching the action at the Thomas & Mack Center. In South Carolina, by the way, Aug. 10 was declared Ja Morant Day after he was named NBA Rookie of the Year last September. There was no immediate word on whether Nevada was considering a similar honor after he chose to spend his special day in Las Vegas rather than his home state.

Hall of Famer David Robinson showed up at Cox Pavilion to watch his old club, the San Antonio Spurs, take on the Chicago Bulls.

Pacers teammates Myles Turner and T.J. Warren took in Indiana’s game against the Hawks at Cox.

Bol Bol getting time

Nuggets Summer League coach Charles Klask felt bad when looking at Bol Bol’s situation in Denver.

“We have a very deep team,” Klask said. “If you’re a young player and you see the guys ahead of you on the depth chart are JaMychal Green and Nikola Jokic, I kind of feel bad for you.

“Bol wants to play meaningful minutes. I mean, it matters to him. I don’t know what else he can do at this level of competition right now. I’m going to play him as many minutes as I can.”

Klask knows the Nuggets might pull the plug on Bol’s time in the Summer League if they have seen enough and want to focus on other players.

Bol, a second-year pro, is getting the minutes in Las Vegas that he’s not receiving with the Nuggets.

The former Findlay Prep standout finished with 21 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in the Nuggets’ 97-77 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday. Then in Tuesday’s 107-82 loss to the Boston Celtics, the 7-foot-2-inch Bol produced 26 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.

He was especially efficient against the Celtics, making 8 of 12 shots, including 3-for-4 on 3-pointers.

“He comes alive when the ball’s in his hands when he knows he’s going to play, knows he’s going to get shots,” Klask said. “If he makes a mistake, I’m not yanking him out. This is a learning environment, and I think he likes that opportunity to play free.”

Buzzer beater at Cox

The first game of the day came down to a dramatic ending.

Max Heidegger stole the and ball under the Pacers’ basket and passed to Sharife Cooper in the corner. Cooper looked down and stepped behind the 3-point line to drill the game winner as time expired to give the Hawks a one-point victory.

Cooper led the Hawks with 21 points, pleasing Trae Young, who jumped to his feet.

From way back

If the first game at Cox featured a fantastic finish, the one that followed had an equally amazing comeback.

The Bulls rallied from 22 points down to beat the Spurs by three points.

Patrick Williams scored 30 points to lead the rally.

Player of the day

Easy call with Patrick Williams coming up big for the Bulls when they were down. He scored his 30 points on 10-for-23 shooting, making 4 of 7 from beyond the arc. He also had seven rebounds and a plus/minus rating of plus-15.

Jalen Johnson continues to impress for Hawks

Jalen Johnson, the No. 20 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft, continued to impress for the Hawks. He had 25 points, seven rebounds and three steals as one of the best players in the league thus far.

Former Rebel returns to Las Vegas as NBA agent

Former UNLV wing Jordan Cornish returned to the Thomas & Mack Center this week for the first time since leaving the program in 2016. He’s now an NBA agent with Beyond Athlete Management.