Las Vegas Summer League is over for the Los Angeles Lakers, ending with a 92-88 loss to the Utah Jazz. D'Angelo Russell did not participate in the final game, sitting out of the consolation game to rest up before beginning his work with the Team USA Select Team. Brandon Ingram did, however, ending his first stint as a Laker with an impressive game.
Ingram scored 22 points (his summer league-high) on a very efficient 9-of-13 shooting, making up for a cluster of lackluster performances after his strong debut. The Lakers' got a taste of their future even without Russell or Larry Nance, Jr. as Ingram performed well and Ivica Zubac put up a monster line. Zubac was swatting everything his giant arms could reach, notching six blocks to go with his 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Joel Bolomboy carried the Jazz's offense, scoring a team-high 20 points while making nine of his 12 attempts. Dionte Christmas was lit the Lakers up from deep like a holiday exhibit, going four-of-five from deep.
Overall it was a loss that felt like a moral victory because A) it's just Summer League and B) Ingram, Zubac and Anthony Brown all turned in a solid term paper to end their run in Las Vegas. Basketball prepares for the twilight zone days of the summer, a trio of the Lakers' core will stay back in the desert with Team USA, and the purple and gold hang up their jerseys until October.
So long, Thomas and Mack Center.