By Lucas Hann
In what was the team’s best-played game of the Las Vegas Summer League, the Clippers bested the Washington Wizards 89-74 in yesterday afternoon’s opening-round playoff game. Each team went 1-2 in preliminary play and were the 16th and 17th-seeded teams, with the Wizards being ahead on tiebreaker.
The Clippers were once again led by standout rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who was more selective with his shot attempts in this game but put more of his passing and vision on display, finishing with 17 points on 8-16 shooting, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 block while going +23 in his 29 minutes. Thirteenth overall pick Jerome Robinson had his best offensive outing of the Summer League despite still looking a little shaky at times, contributing 15 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds. Robinson has been banged up throughout the off-season and may be best served waiting to prove himself in training camp.
L.A. was also lifted by a couple of stellar performances elsewhere on the roster: Reggie Upshaw, Jr. and Angel Delgado both provided the kind of role player performances seldom seen in Summer League, where everyone is looking to stand out rather than fit in. Upshaw has been the Clippers’ best non-roster player all tournament, playing as many minutes as Shai and Sindarius Thornwell while averaging 10.8 points and 8 rebounds per game. He’s been incredibly solid and put in work defensively and on the glass while playing within himself offensively, and Clippers coach Casey Hill is rewarding him with starts and minutes. He absolutely broke out against the Wizards, scoring 24 points on 9-15 shooting and 3-6 from deep, and adding 9...