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When: 2 PM Pacific Time (5 PM Eastern Time)
Just as with any team, the Thunder's summer league roster is headlined by several player from their actual roster: Cameron Payne, Josh Huestis, and Mitch McGary. They will also have Daniel Hamilton, who was chosen 56th overall in last month's draft.
Payne is the most notable of the bunch, a lotter pick from last year's draft who averaged 5 points, 1.9 assists, and 1.5 rebounds in 12 minutes per game last season. McGary hasn't been able to fully break into the rotation in two seasons with the team, as he's been stuck behind players such as Steven Adams and Enes Kanter. Huestis played just 55 minutes in 5 games for the Thunder last season.
The only veteran free agent on Oklahoma City's summer league roster is Reggie Williams, a six-year NBA veteran small forward who had his best NBA season in 2011 with the Golden State Warriors, scoring 9 points a game and shooting 42% from deep.
The Thunder beat Dallas by one point yesterday, but won just one of the quarters, giving them only 5 of the available 8 points from the game for the standings. Payne led the way for the Thunder, with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Clippers had a very disappointing outing in their Summer League opener, where they lost by 20 to the Miami Heat and didn't win a single quarter, being swept for all 8 available points. The Heat defense stifled the Clippers for much of the game, disallowing them from initiating any offense and holding them to just 71 points for the game. Branden Dawson, a second-round pick from last year's draft who didn't get much playing time in his rookie season, led the way for the Clippers with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
2014 First Round choice C.J. Wilcox, who was expected to be one of the Clippers' best scorers in this summer league, was forced out of action after just five minutes of playing time with a hand injury. It's likely that the Clippers would have kept Wilcox out of the remainder of the week as a precaution, but early reports indicate that the shooter suffered a broken hand on a defensive play. We have yet to hear an official announcement from the Clippers.
Andrew Andrews started the second half in Wilcox's place, although Wes Washpun received most of the playing time due to his high-energy defense. In this game and in the rest of the week, the Clippers will hope to play with more energy and better execution.
As far as rookie watch goes, Diamond Stone was the Clippers' most impactful rookie against the Heat, although he was limited due to the guards' inability to get him quality touches. He hit two promising mid-range jumpers and completed a really impressive drive off of a spin move. David Michineau struggled against two Heat guards with NBA experience, but he held his own moreso than the Clippers' other guards. Brice Johnson was largely nonexistent save for a couple of really, really ugly turnaround jumpers. The announcers repeatedly called Johnson out for his lack of intensity and poor body language. Hopefully both Michineau and Johnson use yesterday's game as a learning experience and bounce back today.