There is one preliminary game remaining for Portland before the Las Vegas Summer League tournament bracket is slated. There are 22 teams playing in the competition that will begin on Wednesday, July 17th, and end on Monday, July 22nd. Here is how the seed determination works:
- For each victory, a team is awarded 3 points
- For each quarter won, a team is awarded 1 point
- In the event of a tied quarter, each team is rewarded half a point
In each game, there is a possibility for 7 points. The team with the highest score by Wednesday will be the top seed, with each following seed determined in descending order of total points. Right now the Blazers have 2.5 points… Yikes. For some perspective, the current leader (Milwaukee) has 12 points in the same amount of court time.
If the Blazers do not want to be a punching bag in this first ever Las Vegas Summer League Tournament, they need to get serious. They have one game remaining in which to change their position (Chicago Bulls, tomorrow night at 5:00 pm PST on NBA TV). It’s time for a little teamwork.
Unless the Blazers value Summer League “glory” over the health of their star player, Damian Lillard will continue to sit. It doesn’t make any sense to risk injury in order to win what is essentially a pickup game championship. Portland’s fate will rest in the hands of CJ McCollum.
It’s very early, but this will be his first true test as an NBA leader. If he can get this rag-tag bunch of scrappers to play as a unit, the Blazers will have a shot at salvaging their pride. If not, well… we know what needs to be worked on. It’s a long-term win-win, but the pressure is on right now.
The bracket setup for the upcoming tournament can be found here, on NBA.com. Be sure to catch the game tomorrow evening to see where the Blazers will fit in.