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Las Vegas Summer League Game Preview: Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers

The Utah Jazz look to bounce back against a familiar yet unfamiliar foe in the Los Angeles Clippers.

NBA: Summer League-Los Angeles Clipper at Los Angeles Lakers Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

When

July 9th, 2017 6:00PM MDT

Where

Cox Pavilion Las Vegas, NV

How To Watch

ESPN3

Preview

The Utah Jazz are no longer undefeated in the post-Gordon Hayward era. Poor shooting cost the Utah Jazz their first game in Las Vegas. They are also adjusting to playing without 4th year player Dante Exum. Now the Donovan Mitchell-led Utah Jazz summer team will look to avenge their loss against the Los Angeles Clippers summer league team.

The Clippers are a familiar foe of the Utah Jazz having faced off against Utah 7 games in the playoffs last season, but this summer league team features no players from that playoff Clipper squad.

The Utah Jazz will be looking to bounce back from a poor shooting night the game before. In that game they shot 31.6% from the field and only 20% from 3.

Players to Watch

Utah Jazz

For Utah the players to watch this game will be Donovan Mitchell, Eric Griffin, and Tony Bradley. With every passing game Eric Griffin looks to be the first recipient of the Utah Jazz’s first G-League 2 Way Contract. His above the rim play and stellar defense has made Griffin a summer league fan favorite.

Donovan Mitchell had a rough shooting game yesterday. He had good looks but they just weren’t falling. Can’t fault the rookie Jazzman as it was his first game that he looked to struggle on the court and he will be surrounded by much better talent when the season comes around. Look for Donovan Mitchell to rebound tonight.

Tony Bradley in summer league has looked like a project. Yesterday he had 10 points but only had 1 rebound. In a game that featured over 93 missed shots from both teams yesterday, only having one rebound is a glaring hole in his play. Especially from someone that Utah is hoping will spell Gobert in reserve minutes.

Los Angeles Clippers

In Los Angeles’ first summer league game, Brice Johnson put Lonzo Ball on blast with the spin move seen round the world.

He had 23 points against the summer Lakers. His teammate Sindarius Thornwell had 26 points. These two really put on a show against the Summer Lake Show so it should be interested to see how they fare if Donovan Mitchell is guarding them.

Prediction

The Utah Jazz bounce back from a horrendous shooting night yesterday and Donovan Mitchell puts on a show.

Jazz win.