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NBA Wildcat Watch: Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs Roundup (July 11)

Ryan Arcidiacono vs. Jalen Brunson to tip-off the Summer League playoffs?


The bracket is out for the all-inclusive 30-team Summer League playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers were fortunate to get a bye onto the round of 16.

Each time a former Wildcat hits the court for Summer League play, we will recap how they did and include a few highlights (if available). This will also serve as a discussion board. We will try to keep it updated as soon as the games are over, so check back often!

There are two games to watch for Wednesday, but here is the slate of known opening round games featuring Villanovans:

Wildcats in the NBA Summer League Playoffs

Date Time (ET) Team Opponent TV Network Featured Wildcats
Date Time (ET) Team Opponent TV Network Featured Wildcats
Wednesday, July 11 6:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls Dallas Mavericks NBA TV Arcidiacono (CHI), Brunson (DAL)
Wednesday, July 11 8:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks Indiana Pacers NBA TV Spellman (ATL)
Thursday, July 12 4:30 p.m. New York Knicks Boston Celtics ESPN2 Ochefu (NYK)
Thursday, July 12 6:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns Philadelphia 76ers ESPN2 Bridges (PHX)
Thursday, July 12 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs Milwaukee Bucks NBA TV Jenkins (SA), DiVincenzo (MIL)
Thursday, July 12 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers Clippers/Wizards winner TBA Hart (LAL)

The full bracket:

Ryan Arcidiacono

The Bulls are moving on after beating the Mavericks, 95-83, in the opening round of the Summer League playoffs. Arcidiacono’s team got the best of his successor’s squad, bouncing back after giving up a 28-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. As for Arcidiacono himself, he had a pretty solid day as the starting point guard for Chicago. He finished the game with nine points off of 3-for-5 shooting. He was a perfect 3-of-3 from long range. He also added four rebounds, seven assists, and had just three turnovers.

Up Next: vs. winner of Detroit/Minnesota on Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m. ET

Jalen Brunson

Brunson was in the starting lineup for the Mavericks and took on his former teammate, Ryan Arcidiacono, and the Chicago Bulls. Unfortunately for Brunson and the Mavericks, they lost 95-83. He had a decent game for himself, statistically rivaling Arcidiacono’s numbers. Through 21 minutes of action, he had eight points, seven assists, a pair of rebounds, two steals, and just one turnover. He shot 2-of-9 on the floor, but was 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Up Next: Consolation bracket game vs. Washington on Friday, July 13, at 6 p.m. ET

Omari Spellman

Things weren’t looking good for Spellman and the Hawks, as they trailed by double digits for most of the game. They were down 62-40 heading into the halftime and continued to stay behind through the third quarter. However, in the fourth, they managed to outscore the Pacers, 35-16. Thanks to the late-game explosion, the Hawks were able to win 107-101.

John Collins was out once again, and that opened up another starting opportunity for Spellman. He played 29 minutes, scoring 13 points and collecting nine rebounds. He was 6-of-12 overall and 1-for-4 from deep. Spellman also had a pair of assists and a block.

Up Next: vs. Portland on Thursday, July 12, at 10:30 p.m. ET