LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Jordan Bell, Elgin Cook, Tyler Dorsey and Dylan Ennis were in action at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League on Monday. And of course, Chris Boucher was watching his Warriors from the end of Golden State’s bench.
The world champs took to the Thomas & Mack Center court for their meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the evening. The last three NBA Finals featured these two teams. No title was on the line in this match-up. None at all.
Cleveland (3-0) dominated to the tune of a 91-74 victory from Sin City. However, the game flow enabled ample opportunities for Oregon’s finest.
The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year led the Golden State Warriors with a team-high eight rebounds. He added three assists, two points and a stolen pass. The Long Beach product snagged two offensive rebounds off the glass.
He finished 1-for-2 from the floor, but we all know he doesn’t need to score to be impactful. Bell played a total of 14:46 minutes on the floor.
Bell was everywhere. He reminded people of his 2017 NCAA Tournament run. For those who avoided March Madness, they got the memo on Bell during Monday’s contest.
Early in the game, on one possession Bell defended both the Cleveland point guard Kay Felder and their center Walter Tavares. What other player besides maybe Draymond Green (Bell’s idol) can do that? The Bay Area is going to love his constant production.
In a span of 5-7 seconds; Bell grabbed an offensive board, made a dime-worthy pass (layup missed), then forced a jump ball on the other end. He continues to amaze, even after watching him the last three years.
He did not record a blocked shot, however he was altering Cavalier attempts all night.
Cook didn’t enter the game until midway through the fourth quarter. Therefore, he didn’t waste any time once he was inserted. The former Duck recorded nine points in 6:32 minutes. He was incredibly efficient from the floor (3-for-5), including 1-for-1 from 3-point territory. Cook added two stolen passes, as well.
Ennis played 12:54 minutes for the Warriors in the loss. He scored four points and stole a pass. The Canadian drained a 3-pointer and finished 1-for-3 from the field.
Early in the game, Boucher gave former Duck Jabari Brown a standing ovation after his impressive 4-point play. With CB, the Warriors have five former Oregon Ducks on their current roster.
Golden State moves their summer league record to 0-2.
Hours earlier, a Pac-12 rematch between Dorsey’s Atlanta Hawks and Lauri Markkanen’s Chicago Bulls was negated by injury. Dorsey exited the game in the first half with an apparent sprained right ankle. We will have more details once his test results are confirmed.
Atlanta (2-1) cruised to an easy victory, 75-55, over Chicago (0-2) from Cox Pavilion. The former Duck finished with two points on 1-for-3 shooting from the floor. He grabbed two rebounds in six minutes of action on Monday.
Arizona’s former freshman star registered eight points and nine boards for the Bulls.
Let’s take a look at the remaining schedule for the Ducks from the desert:
LAS VEGAS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. PT - Golden State Warriors (Bell, Boucher, Cook, Ennis) vs Dallas Mavericks
CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY - TBA
We will have continual coverage from the NBA Summer League throughout July.