After the Bulls riveting 86-81 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday evening, definitely tune in for Chicago’s second game of Las Vegas Summer League tonight. Personally, the game against the Cavaliers was one of the most fun Bulls games I’ve watched in the last two years, which tells you something about the product Chicago has thrown out there lately.
With their fearless leader Antonio Blakeney at the helm and several members of the legendary 2016 Summer League title team in attendance, this summer’s iteration of the SummerBulls looks poised to grab that prestigious Summer League title for the second time in three seasons.
While Blakeney will probably command most of the shots in the game tonight (19 total; eight shots in the first seven minutes in the game last night), the attention of Bulls fans will most likely fall on Wendell Carter Jr. The rookie from Duke showcased his full skillset (outside of his passing, just one assist) last night, capturing the hearts of Bulls fans in the process.
Chandler Hutchison and Ryan Arcidiacono (he has Kirk Hinrich-level grit) were solid last night. However, former Loyola star Donte Ingram (1-for-5 from the field) struggled and he’s a guy you’d like to see play better tonight.
Two random thoughts about Summer League:
- If you are Donte Ingram, Melo Trimble, etc. and know that you are playing for your NBA future and have so much to prove, are you upset that it’ll be harder to show out being on a team where Blakeney commands an exorbitant amount of shots?
- With Jerian Grant now out of the picture, will Arcidiacono get more of a crack as a third-string point guard on the NBA roster? He lacks the athletic and physical gifts of an NBA point guard, but he can shoot from deep (44.6 percent on 4.5 3-point field goals per game with the Windy City Bulls last season), and he tries defensively. Is that much worse than our current anointed backup Cameron Payne?
Here’s viewing information for the game tonight.
Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers
10:30 p.m. CDT