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Warriors vs Mavericks: Can Golden State contain Dennis Smith Jr?

Golden State looks to get back in the win column in Las Vegas.

2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

There’s no time to dwell on defeat. After being handed their first Summer League loss last night, the Golden State Warriors are back at it in Las Vegas, this time to take on the Dallas Mavericks. It should be a fun game.

What: Las Vegas Summer League

Who: Golden State Warriors (1-1 Vegas, 4-1 overall) vs Dallas Mavericks (1-1 Vegas, 1-1 overall)

When: 4:30 p.m. PT

Where: Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada


No Dončić, no Bell

While the Mavericks sport some fun players on their roster, the most exciting name is absent: Luka Dončić. Dončić, the third-overall pick, was the top prospect in the 2018 NBA Draft in many people’s eyes.

But he hasn’t finalized his buyout with Real Madrid, and as a result, he won’t be playing tonight, or likely at all in Summer League.

For the Warriors, they’ll be without Jordan Bell, who has a minor injury.

It should still be a fun game, but it would have been a lot more fun with Dončić and Bell.

The point guard matchup

While the Mavericks’ 2018 lottery pick won’t be playing, their 2017 pick will be. Dennis Smith Jr., the 9th overall pick a year ago, is on Dallas’ Summer League roster, and has been playing lots.

He’ll be matched up against Kendrick Nunn, who appears in line to earn a two-way contract. It’s a big opportunity for the undrafted rookie to prove that he belongs in the NBA.

Jacob Evans watch

So far this summer, Jacob Evans hasn’t impressed. The 28th-pick in this year’s draft has been slowed by mild injuries, and has struggled a bit in his first professional games.

A few Summer League games is far too soon to begin making judgements, especially for a player fighting injuries. Still, it would be fun for fans and teammates to see Evans have a bit of a breakout game.