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NBA summer league score: Warriors lose to Hornets, 87-69

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Playing without their top summer league players, the Warriors never led in their 18-point loss to the Hornets to open Las Vegas Summer League play.

How much is there to say about about a 18-point loss in a summer league game?

From the tip, we knew that the Golden State Warriors would be playing without 2018 NBA Draft pick Jacob Evans, last year’s draft pick Jordan Bell, and 2016 first round draft pick Damian Jones.

Sure, there are many of us interested in Kendrick Nunn and Marcus Derrickson, but the outcome of this one was clearly going to be affected by all those absences.

Ultimately, the Warriors never even led in an 87-69 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

Marcus Derrickson was impressive once again with 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting, including 4-for-7 shooting from 3-point range.

Unfortunately, if you take out Derrickson’s shooting performance, the rest of the team shot only 20-for-66 (30.3%) and 2-for-28 from 3-point range — that’s better than shooting 0-for-27, but only by a narrow margin. So given the team’s shooting numbers, it’s probably no surprise that the Hornets led by as many as 23 points en route to their 18-point win.

With the loss, the Warriors have been knocked out of contention for the summer league title. However, they will play a final consolation game on Friday at 7 p.m. PST.

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