In a close matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz, Melvin Ejim had to watch from the sidelines during the second half.
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Ejim had 4:48 of playing time in the first half, finally coming in during the final minutes of the second quarter. He made a 3-pointer, his one and only shot attempt of the night, and was fairly active despite not recording anything else in the box score.
The Jazz held a 36-35 lead after the first half, and it was close throughout the entire second half until the last three minutes. Ejim didn’t see any of the action, forced to sit on the sidelines.
It’s a move that questions whether or not the Spurs really are going to give Ejim a chance. If they wanted to see him in clutch situations, last night’s game was among one of the best chances — San Anonio has been killing a lot of teams in the summer league as they do in the real NBA.
If anything, at least Ejim has a reel to show teams, but in my estimation it’s not looking good for a future job. At least it was reported before Ejim went to Las Vegas that San Antonio was interested in the forward, but just not enough to immediately draft him. Perhaps after a day off, the Spurs could give him more playing time in the quarterfinal.
Elsewhere, Craig Brackins was one of only eight people that saw action for the Portland Trail Blazers. He only scored two points and went 1-5 from the field. He also recorded 2 rebounds and a turnover. Their opponent, the Atlanta Hawks, had a 7-point lead after the first quarter and eventually pulled away early in the second half, outscoring the Blazers by 18 and winning 88-65.
Today is the consolation round in Las Vegas, where DeAndre Kane and Will Clyburn will play their final games. Brackins will also be in action today and Ejim will be in the last quarterfinal game on Saturday. Central times listed.
- Los Angeles Clippers (Clyburn) vs Toronto Raptors – 5:00 PM, TV: NBATV
- Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers (Kane) – 5:30 PM, Web: ESPN3
- Portland Trail Blazers (Brackins) vs Utah Jazz – 7:30 PM, Web: ESPN3*
- Saturday: San Antonio Spurs (Ejim) vs Washington Wizards – 9:00 PM, TV: NBATV