Ben Lawson Advances To The NBA Summer League Championship | WKU Connection

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In the semifinals of the Las Vegas NBA Summer League former WKU Center Ben Lawson totaled 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block vs. the New Orleans Pelicans. The Grizzles went on to defeat the Pelicans 88-86 in OT.

The Memphis Grizzles will go on to play tomorrow night in the NBA Summer league Championship game vs. the winner of the Brooklyn Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Lawson’s Quarterfinal Preformance

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The Memphis Grizzles played the Boston Celtics for a chance semi-finals of the Las Vegas Summer League. The Grizzles won 94 – 88. This coming off there last game against the Celtics where they lost 113 – 87. During today’s game Ben Lawson saw 16 minutes of action and scored 2 points along with having 4 rebounds.

Now the Grizzles will play tonight night at 5:00 on ESPN 2. They will take on the New Orleans Pelicans for a trip the finals of the NBA Summer League.

NBA Summer League Update

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With all 32 teams playing 4 games though the last 8 days, there will be an 8 team tournament for teams giving a chance to win the NBA Summer League championship while the other 24 teams get 1 consolation game.

After his 4 games, only playing in 3 with the Memphis Grizzlies Ben Lawson averaged 12.3 minutes per game, 6.3 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. If he can help his team win the summer league title it will give him 3 more games to show off his skill set in hopes of making 1 of the 30 NBA training camps. His next game will be Saturday at 3:30 vs Boston Celtics on ESPN.

During Darius Thompson 4 games with the Toronto Raptors he showed improvements each game and in game 4 was able to start. While on the court he averaged 4.3 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game and 1 steal per game while only play 12.3 minutes per game. With the improvement shown though the 4 games Darius might see himself working his way into a possible G-League team. The Raptors will have 1 more game today at 3:00 on ESPN U against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ben Lawson Game 4 Recap

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The Memphis Grizzlies lost game 4 to the Boston Celtics 113-87 giving them a 3-1 mark on the summer league. Ben Lawson did not get any minutes until the second half where he recorded 7 minutes scoring 7 points, 2 steals, and a rebound.

The Memphis Grizzlies will play again on July 13th at 3:30 on ESPN against the Boston Celtics. They will be apart of the 8 team tournament which will take place over the next 3 days it will be single elimination tournament.

Darius Thompson Gets The Start Tonight In NBA Summer League | WKU Connection

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Thursday night the Toronto Raptors took on the Indiana Pacers in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. And a familiar face to WKU fans was announced during the starting lineups.

On Thursday night Darius Thompson recived his first start in the Summer League, finishing with: 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist in 15 minutes of playing time. The Raptors went on to defeat the Pacers (94-79).

Thompson has improved throughout the week in Las Vegas. He began the week barely seeing any time on the court at all, to starting the final game of the summer league before tournament play begins. Darius likely won’t make the roster for the defending champion Raptors, but hopefully his skill set can earn him a spot somewhere in the NBA G-League this upcoming season.

Thompson’s Game 3 production in the Las Vegas Summer League

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The Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 85-73 last night. That was the teams first win during this years summer league now sitting at 1-2 and in 18th place with 1 more game to go. Darius Thompson played 20 minutes scoring 5 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. It was a solid game for Thompson, hopefully he will be able to build on this performance and have another solid game against the Indiana Pacers Thursday.

Lawson’s Game 2 performance

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The Memphis Grizzlies were able to defeat the LA Clippers 87-75 last night. The Grizzlies are now 2 and 0. The former WKU player Ben Lawson came in off the bench for 13 minutes scoring 5 points all from free throws, 4 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 assist.

The Grizzles will play their third game of the NBA Summer League Tuesday vs. the Phoenix Suns at 6:30 PM on ESPN 3 or NBA TV.

Tonight we will see Darius Thompson in action as the Toronto Raptors face off against San Antonio Spurs at 6:00 PM on ESPN U.