Summer league games can be hard to watch even when marquee rookies are playing, but there are few things worse than a blowout in which one team only makes two shots in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, it was the Golden State Warriors who got off to the slow start as they played their fourth game in four nights in the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League tournament. Looking like a team that had completely run out of gas, the Warriors took a 93-69 loss to a Boston Celtics squad playing without lottery picks Jalen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
The Warriors scored just five points in the first quarter as they shot just 10% and made just 2 of their first 23 shots in the first half. They never recovered from the bad start and the lead slowly ballooned.
Warriors have 5 points on 10 percent shooting after Q1 vs. Boston.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) July 13, 2017
Warriors shooting 24 percent (10-38), but have hit 8 of last 15 shots after starting 2-23— Kevin Danna (@kevo408) July 13, 2017
Patrick McCaw was the bright spot once again, scoring 15 of the Warriors' 30 points in the first half and finishing with a game-high 20 points in just 25 minutes. He also added to his growing highlight reel with a buzzer-beater to end the first half.
Yeah it counts. McCaw has half of the team's 30 points (15)— Kevin Danna (@kevo408) July 13, 2017
The Celtics will advance in the tournament to face the winner of the game between the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. PST tonight. The Warriors have now played a brutal four games in four nights and have a 1-4 record overall to show for it. They earned their lone win in their first round game against a young Minnesota Timberwolves team last night.
Warriors fall to the Celtics, 93-69, in Summer League play. Patrick McCaw led all scorers with 20 points in 25 minutes. pic.twitter.com/81xD1ZfEBE— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) July 14, 2017
To find out more information about the tournament structure, please click here.