Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum Square Off in Summer League Game


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In a rival game of the Lakers and the Celtics, everyone was excited to see the No. 2 and 3 picks of this year’s draft play on Saturday.

After a rough debut for Lonzo Ball on Friday, he easily bounced back on Saturday posting a triple double, with 11 points 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.  He had a better night from the field, going 5-of-13, but still struggled from behind the arc, making 1 out of 5 3-point attempts.  However, he did not lose faith of his shot from the previous night, making a 3-pointer on his first shot attempt, but missed his remaining attempts beyond the3-point line in the game.

Unlike last game, Ball became more aggressive in attacking and driving to the basket.  This helped the Lakers’ offense because it helped Lonzo get into the paint to help set up his teammates for easy baskets.  During transition, Ball became a major threat after getting the defensive rebound from a missed shot, and leading the fast break for the Lakers for an assist for his teammates ahead.

Jayson Tatum has shown no signs of slowing down after an amazing three games in the Utah Summer League earlier this week.  Tatum displayed a variety of difficult shots he can make while scoring 27 points after averaging 18.7 points per game and shooting 46.8 percent from the field during the three games in Utah.  He had no problem knocking down fadeaway and turnaround jumpers while having a hand in his face.  He made 9 of the 19 field goal attempts he took on Saturday, and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.  His offense in these summer league games sell the potential he has for the future.  He can score in the post on a mismatch, in an isolation against a bigger defender, or by getting open when cutting and curling to the basket without the ball.

Tatum also shows dominance on the glass, grabbing 11 rebounds against the Lakers, and after averaging 9.7 rebounds in the 3 previous games in Utah.  This helps his transition game with his quick speed and his 6’8” height frame.  While his defense is currently not as strong as his offense, he made a key block in the final minutes of the game which helped the Celtics grab the victory.  Tatum shows a very bright future in these summer league games, and it will be interesting to see how he will help his team playing alongside newly signed Gordon Hayward, and star point guard Isaiah Thomas.

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