Las Vegas Summer League: San Antonio Spurs 100, Milwaukee Bucks 71
LAS VEGAS—The fun of the Las Vegas Summer League is that the results are a lot like Whose Line is it Anyway, where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter. The NBA tried to change that last season by instituting a tournament style format the ends with a summer league champion.
No, seriously. There’s a banner and everything.
After going 2-1 in the group play portion of the summer league, the San Antonio Spurs kicked off the knockout round with a 100-71 thumping of the Milwaukee Bucks, a talented team by summer league standards featuring #2 overall pick Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo doing his best Kevin Durant impression.
First round pick Kyle Anderson led the Spurs with 14 points, hitting two of four 3-point attempts, while Vander Blue and Marcus Denmon came off the bench to combine for 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Now the Spurs are starting to look like a team that has playing together for longer than a week or two, which could give them an advantage over some of the more talented teams they’ll face in Las Vegas.
“They’re getting the concepts and moving the ball, quick decisions,” Summer Spurs coach Ime Udoka said. “I think we saw that over last game a little bit and they’ve bought into it.”
San Antonio jumped out to a 31-19 lead in the first quarter and an already-meaningless game became even more so in a hurry. With the win, the Spurs advance to play the Utah Jazz in the second round on Thursday afternoon, which means I get to watch my League Pass crush for next season, Dante Exum.