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NBA Summer League playoffs begin as Warriors face Timberwolves, possible elimination

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Can the Warriors finally win a game in the desert? Game starts at 3:30pm, PT.

NBA: Summer League-Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The last two seasons, I’ve been out in Vegas for NBA Summer League. It’s a unique time filled with bad basketball, broken hearts (if you’re trying to make a team and don’t), lots of booze (if you’re staying at the SB Nation house), and lots of bacon.

So far for the Warriors, the young fellas have been impressive. Jordan Bell went and did some crazy Draymond Green-esque stuff, wherein he literally stuffed the box score like a plump Thanksgiving turkey. Stuffed it all the way up, more stuffed than a nostril with a summer cold. Stuffed like a trip to the taxidermist. Stuffed like a, uh, yeah you get my point.

Afterwards, he tweeted this:

Yessssss. I love this.

It sure seems as if the Warriors’ rookie is enjoying his first couple weeks as a pro baller.

Meanwhile, Patrick McCaw continues to prove that he’s on track to win the MVP of the league someday, thereby reinforcing every single happy thought in Nate’s head.

So, what will we see tonight? The Warriors enter tournament play with nothing really to prove. They are 0-3, and will be facing the Timberwolves for the second consecutive day. It’s all about continued development from their young core of Bell, Damian Jones, Patrick McCaw, and Kevon Looney. But, as Looney did not play in the last game, we’ll have to keep an eye on his status.

In completely unrelated news — and because there’s only so much you can write about Summer League — here is something that made me chuckle quietly:

How to watch:

Time: 3:30pm PT

Where: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

TV: ESPN 2

The winner of today’s match will face the Celtics (featuring Jayson Tatum) tomorrow at 3:30pm. If the Warriors lose again, they’ll be done for the tournament, so get your basketball on while you can! It’s almost the doldrums of summer, wherein games become far and few between.