The Summer Clippers are back in action today for their fourth game of the Las Vegas Summer League, this time against the Utah Jazz at 2pm on ESPN2. The Clippers, with two losses, have been eliminated from contention for the Summer League Championship and will play their final game in Las Vegas tomorrow against the Miami Heat at 8pm, causing them to end Summer League with a 4-in-5 after playing just 1 game in the first 5 days.
Rookie center Moussa Diabate, who was perhaps the most encouraging Clipper through their first two games, didn’t play on Wednesday and is expected to miss today’s game as well. It’s unclear if there’s any chance of him returning tomorrow, as well as if the Clippers will opt to spare other priority players like Jason Preson and Brandon Boston from playing the finale of the 4-in-5.
Update: The Clippers have now ruled Preston out for this game due to health and safety protocols. One would assume that will keep him off the court tomorrow as well, so we’ll see Summer League coach Shaun Fein dip deeper into his bench as we wrap up the week.
This afternoon, the Jazz have a chance to put themselves into Summer League title contention, but it will be a tall task amongst a stacked field. Five teams have already locked in 3-1 records, with another 7 sitting at 2-1 and hoping to break into a massive tie for first place with wins today. The top two 3-1 teams based on point differential will go to the title game, with the cutoff currently being Portland’s +8.3 points per game but with a serious chance of moving further up if some of the 2-1 teams with impressive point differentials score blowout wins today. Utah’s differential is just +0.3, meaning it would take a 32-point win over the Clippers today to put them in the conversation.
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