Summer League MVP Ejected as Trailblazers Rout Lakers in the Finals
On the day the NBA named Josh Hart the Summer League MVP, his Los Angeles Lakers were set to take on the Portland Trailblazers in the Finals.
Rolling in fresh following an incredible 43-point outburst in the Semi-finals against the Detroit Pistons, Hart and the Lakers were aiming at the Summer League crown.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 17, 2018
The Blazers had other ideas.
Led by Jake Lyman and Wade Baldwin Jr., a balanced Portland attack extinguished the scorching hot Lakers, taking home the Summer League championship after a 91-73 victory. Lyman finished the game with 10-points, concluding a strong Summer League and making a definite case for more playing time with the Blazers, especially with Shabazz Napier moving over to the Brooklyn Nets. Baldwin Jr. added 14-points off his own and KJ McDaniels led all scores with 17-points off the bench.
Josh Hart led the Lakers with 12-points before getting ejected late in the ball game for arguing with the officials.
Along with Hart being named the Summer League MVP, the NBA released its All Summer League Teams earlier in the day and the honourees were as follows:
MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League First Team
Wendell Carter Jr. (Chicago)
Josh Hart (Los Angeles Lakers)
Kevin Knox (New York)
Collin Sexton (Cleveland)
Christian Wood (Milwaukee)
MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League Second Team
Deandre Ayton (Phoenix)
Wade Baldwin IV (Portland)
Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis)
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Los Angeles Lakers)
Trae Young (Atlanta)