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Clippers Face Pacers in Final Game of NBA Summer League

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This will be the last game of Clippers basketball for a couple months.

2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Day 7 - Sacramento Kings v LA Clippers Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Information

Where: Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

When: 5:30 PM PT

How to Watch: NBA TV

Projected Starting Lineups

Clippers: David Michineau - Jerome Robinson - Amir Coffey - Kaiser Gates - Mfiondu Kabengele

Pacers: Aaron Holiday - DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell - Brian Bowen II - Alize Johnson - Jaylen Johnson

Injuries

Clippers: Terance Mann Questionable (Finger)

Pacers: Goga Bitadze Unavailable (Visa issues)

Preview

  • Reps or rest: The Clippers are in the consolation bracket of Summer League, meaning this is their last game. It will be interesting to see whether the Clippers play the guys on their team who already have a roster spot (Mann, Kabengele, Robinson, Coffey) or rest them. If you play them, you run the risk of a theoretical injury, but get a final look at them before training camp, which is two and a half months away. If I had to guess, Mann will probably sit again, but I think the other guys will get at least token minutes.
  • Competition for that last two-way spot: Outside of the Clippers’ four rostered players, the other three guys that have made a mostly positive impression are David Michineau (Clippers 2nd round pick from 2016), Derrick Walton Jr. (undrafted 2018), and Kaiser Gates (undrafted 2018). Michineau put forth his best effort yesterday, using the start in place of the resting Mann to demonstrate his slashing ability and defensive talents. Walton made the least impact yesterday, but has mostly been a reliable figure at point guard, a Summer League rarity. Gates, perhaps, is the frontrunner for the Clippers’ second two-way deal, a big wing who can shoot threes and battle on the boards. This will be the last opportunity for these three guys to prove their worth, so I’d expect all of them to come out hard today.

This will be the last game of Clippers basketball until October, so even though Summer League is not very high quality basketball, it seems like a good game to tune in for. Hopefully some of the Clippers’ “actual” players will appear in this one, so fans can get a final look at Fi, Jerome, Amir, and possibly Terance. If not, well, it’s still Clippers’ basketball, so let’s enjoy!