Both of Oklahoma’s former standouts will be in action on Wednesday in the MGM Resorts Las Vegas NBA Summer League Tournament. Below are their schedules, and let’s also look at how both have fared so far in pool play.
One-and-done OU star Trae Young lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 24 points in his best game in Summer League yet, as the Atlanta Hawks topped the Chicago Bulls 101-93 Tuesday at Cox Pavilion. Young tickled the twine with 7-for-13 shooting from long range, but missed all six of his shots inside the arc for a 7-of-19 overall shooting performance. He dished out five assists to go along with a pair of steals and a rebound, committing four turnovers in the contest. Young hit 3-of-4 shots from the free throw line and finished with a +/- of 17, by far his highest in the desert.
Previously, Young didn’t score a point in nine minutes and missed both of his shots from long range before leaving with a right quad contusion in the Atlanta Hawks‘ 85-68 Sunday loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at The Thomas & Mack Center. He dished out three assists, but also committed three turnovers while finishing with a -8 +/-. Analysts pointed out one sequence where he didn’t get back on defense, then committed a foul as he contested a shot from behind. Young watched the second half from the bench.
In his Vegas debut, he certainly didn’t disappoint although the Atlanta Hawks fell 91-89 to the New York Knicks Saturday at The Thomas & Mack Center. Looking very much like the college version of himself outside of his shooting percentage, Young recorded a double-double of 21 points and 11 assists. He also added three rebounds, a steal and a block to his total while finishing with a +/- of 9. His only blemishes were 4-for-12 shooting from the floor and three turnovers, but he was an efficient 10-of-12 at the free throw line, as he played 33 minutes.
Guard Isaiah Cousins put together a solid performance in the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ 78-69 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Monday night at Cox Pavilion. He scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting, adding three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Cousins logged 18 minutes off the bench and finished with a +/- of 0. That upped his average to 9.3 points per game. During the broadcast, ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg had the following to say about the key member of OU’s 2016 Final Four team: “Cousins is a guy that just knows how to play. Played at Oklahoma, in the backcourt with Buddy Hield. He’s a ball guard that can really defend [out of] Mount Vernon High School. Great tradition at Mount Vernon High School.”
Before that, Cousins’ Minnesota Timberwolves were victorious in a 103-92 decision over the Toronto Raptors Sunday at Cox Pavilion. In the contest, Cousins logged 17 minutes and scored four points, all from the free throw line, as he went scoreless from the field on five shots. The backup guard, though, notched four assists, three rebounds and two steals, turning it over twice. He finished with a +/- of 3.
In his opener, a narrow 70-69 loss to the Denver Nuggets Friday at Cox Pavilion, Cousins lit up the nets for a team-leading 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He produced the output in 26 minutes off the bench. Cousins also tallied three assists, a rebound and a steal while hitting 1-of-3 3-pointers. He committed a pair of turnovers and finished with a +/- of 4.
Below is the complete schedule for MGM Resorts Las Vegas NBA Summer League 2018:
* All times listed are Pacific. Atlanta and Minnesota games are in bold
Friday, July 6
12 p.m. – Houston (92) vs. Indiana (89)
2 p.m. – Brooklyn (80) vs. Orlando (86)
4 p.m. – Milwaukee (90) vs. Detroit (63)
6 p.m. – Cleveland (72) vs. Washington (59)
8 p.m. – Denver (70) vs. Minnesota (69)
Thomas & Mack Center
12:30 p.m. – Toronto (77) vs. New Orleans (90)