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Preview of Summer League Finale: Suns vs. Spurs

Shaquille Harrison and Davon Reed lay their final claim for the Suns to guarantee their 2018-19 contracts

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

What: Consolation game for first round losers

Who: 3-1 Suns vs. 1-3 Spurs

When: 3:30 PM AZ Time

Where: Las Vegas baby!

TV: NBA TV


No point

Once Elie Okobo went down to a poked eye after a minute on the floor (with two assists already), the Suns were basically out of floor generals.

“Losing Josh Jackson and Okobo, we basically were playing with one point guard,” suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “That changed our rotation, changed our lineups, and we couldn’t really find a rhythm.”

No one tries harder that Shaquille Harrison, who posted big line of 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. But Harrison has shown little ability to set up teammates for scores, especially Deandre Ayton, and none of other non-Elie’s have shown any better.

Once Okobo went down, and after Jackson was already inactive, the Suns rotation was thrown into flux.

“Having guys who really don’t play point guard play point guard,” Mikal Bridges said, “You can see. It’s really tough out there. And the plays, it’s different out there for a wing and a point guard [as far as how to execute a play].”

The “playoffs” are not what you think they are

The Suns reminded us on Thursday that summer league “playoffs” does not matter.

The Suns have a plan for which players are going to see action in which games.

For the first time all summer, we got to see Javonte Green and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson. The Suns were a -12 on the scoreboard in 10 minutes Green was on the floor the Suns were -10 in the five minutes RHJ shared the floor. That’s a lot of minus in a game the Suns only lost by 2.

So what will happen Friday?

Who will sit/play for Suns on Friday

Already out: Josh Jackson sat out Thursday’s game and has been reported he won’t play again this summer league

Likely out: Elie Okobo was poked in the eye in his opening minute of play on Thursday and went to the hospital to get checked out. I can’t see him playing today.

On the fence? Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges. They might play just to get enough bodies on the floor, but this is Summer League, and it’s the final consolation game.

Frankly, don’t be surprised to see a rotation that includes:

  • Shaquille Harrison, Emmet Naar
  • Davon Reed, Javonte Green
  • George King, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson
  • Alec Peters
  • Jack Cooley, Ty Odianse

Every one of those guys is playing for an NBA contract, or at least (for the latter two) a training camp invitation.

Of course, we MIGHT see Ayton and Bridges too. But this being the most meaningless of meaningless Summer League games, don’t hold your breath.

I’ve been there before. I remember being excited to watch the Suns consolation game in 2014, only to see Archie Goodwin, Alec Brown and a band of misfits in the Suns uniforms trying to look like basketball players. Ugliest game I’ve ever watched. Only Archie Goodwin survived from that game.