• Josh Okogie watched from the sidelines this time out, but the Wolves were able to pull out a victory anyway 83-71. With this win, Minnesota closes out their summer circuit with a 3-2 record.

    By this time of the summer, a handful of the players end up sitting out. This was the team’s fifth game in eight nights and with nothing to play for, the Wolves opted to rest Okogie.

    Keita Bates-Diop, like a few games before, took over the reigns in this one and led his team offensively. He finished with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block to his well-rounded line. This is the type of line we’ve come to expect from KBD. It will be tough for him to crack the rotation, but he certainly has some useful tools.

    Amile Jefferson, who is leading the Summer League in rebounding at 13.5 per game, had a game that he’ll remember for a long time, although not because of the stats he put up. He scored five points and grabbed (just) nine rebounds, adding one assist, one steal and two blocks, but the most memorable aspect was he did this while losing one of his teeth mid-game.

    In the third quarter Jefferson took a shot that jarred his tooth loose. He exited the game, but toughed it out and returned to the game. He easily could have thrown in the towel for the final 15 minutes of game left, but opted to keep on competing. That sort of mentality will endear himself to Thibodeau. He can always go to the dentist later.

    Jared Terrell stepped up with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, with five rebounds, two assists and one steal. It hasn’t been the strongest summer for Terrell, who signed a two-way contract with the Wolves. He’ll hope to carry this performance into some good workouts this offseason and into training camp.

    Isaiah Cousins had another strong game with 12 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals. His running mate Josh Gray scored 14 points with two rebounds, one assist and one steal. The two provided a major boost off the bench for the Wolves and allowed them to hold the lead at double-digits for the majority of the afternoon.

    This game wraps up Summer League for the Wolves, but there is still plenty of basketball left on the tube. Overall it was a solid showing for the young Wolves. It’s much too early to make definitive conclusions, but it seems like the team did quite well in their draft.

Fantasy News

  • Jakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs

    Jakob Poeltl shot 4-for-6 from the field for eight points with nine boards, two assists and one block in 28 minutes for a 120-103 win over the Nuggets in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Poeltl was not able to shut down Nikola Jokic (43 points) but it didn't matter, as the Spurs shot 57.1 percent from the field to blow out the Nuggets. The Spurs will head to Denver for a winner-take-all affair in Game 7 on Saturday.

  • Gary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris scored 14 points in Game 6 against the Spurs on Thursday night as the Nuggets fell 120-103.

    Harris scored a few points in this one but didn't do a whole lot else. The Nuggets will probably need him to have more of a visible imprint on the game to make major noise.

  • Derrick White - G - San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White shot 4-for-7 from the floor for 13 points with one rebound, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    White wasn't particularly effective on the stat sheet in Game 6, but his grit and solid defense helped the Spurs secure a win on their home floor. He limited his turnovers to just one in this game. White will need to stay efficient in a decisive Game 7 on Saturday in Denver.

  • Paul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap was almost a non-factor on Thursday night scoring just 12 points and adding four boards in heavy minutes.

    Millsap has to be better for this team to make any major noise deep in the playoffs. He just hasn't been back to his normal self for long stretches this year, so here's to hoping he can find form.

  • Rudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs

    Rudy Gay shot 7-for-11 for 19 points with four boards, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    After being a non-factor for much of the series, Gay played extra efficient as a savvy veteran on Thursday night. He led the bench in scoring and helped set the tone to force a Game 7. Gay will need another game like this if the Spurs want any chance of surviving in Denver.

  • DeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan shot 12-for-16 from the field for 25 points with seven assists and seven boards in 36 minutes to force a Game 7 against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge (26 points and 10 rebounds) took it to the Nuggets for their final home game of the opening round. For a team not making much noise in the regular season, all eyes will be on the Spurs and Nuggets Game 7 on Saturday. Never count out Pop and the Spurs.

  • Jamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray scored just 16 points (7-of-19 from the floor) on Thursday in the Game 6 loss to the Spurs.

    Murray was quiet in this one as the Nuggets tried to close it out. He did manage six assists but Nikola Jokic is going to need some help from his supporting cast to cement a date with Portland.

  • Nikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 43 points and approached a triple-double with 12 rebounds and nine assists in Thursday's Game 6 loss.

    It was a waste of a great performance from Jokic as the Nuggets couldn't close out the Spurs in Game 6. Home cookin' might be just what the doctor ordered.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge - F - San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge shot 10-for-18 from the field for 26 points with 10 boards, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes to avoid elimination against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Aldridge was terrific all night, using home court advantage to play with energy. He took matters into his own hands, forcing a Game 7 on Saturday in Denver. Expect Aldridge to be giving his best effort on a winner-take-all affair.

  • Jeff Hornacek - Team - New York Knicks

    The Kings have interviewed Jeff Hornacek for an assistant coach position.

    The Kings have already hired their head coach, Luke Walton. However, with Walton's status up in the air with the recent allegations made against him, the Kings would do well to hire an assistant with head coaching experience. Hornacek last coached for the Knicks before being fired at the end of the 2017-2018 season. His overall record as head coach for the Knicks and the Suns is 161-216.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter