It's time for playoff basketball! Kind of. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 3-0 so far during the Las Vegas Summer League, which earned them a bye into the second round of the league's single-elimination tournament. The Houston Rockets defeated the Toronto Raptors yesterday to get to this point.
The winner of tonight's game will advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament, against the winner of the game between the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers. The loser of the Cavs/Rockets game will still get to keep playing in the consolation rounds.
What: Las Vegas Summer League Tournament, second round
Who: Cavs vs. Rockets
When: 8:00 pm ET
TV: NBA TV or NBA Summer League Live
The Cavs will be without Matthew Dellavedova, who is now with the Australian team as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup.
Canada failed to qualify for the FIBA World Cup, so Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins should be available. Through three games in Vegas, Bennett is averaging 14 points and eight boards per contest. Wiggins is averaging 13.7 points per game on just 38% shooting.
With Dellavedova out, guard Will Cherry may need to step up for the Cavs. He scored 21 points in the win against the Spurs on Sunday night. However, he's contributed just 13 points in the team's other two games combined.
The Rockets played the Raptors yesterday. They trailed Toronto by 26 points at halftime (at one point, the deficit was as large as 29), but came storming back to win 93-77. They outscored Toronto 63-21 in the second half. It was the first time the Rockets have won a game so far during this summer league.
Donatas Motiejunas, the 7' Lithuanian who has played in a bunch of real NBA games for the Rockets over the last two years, scored 18 points in the win. He's probably going to be a matchup nightmare for these Cavs.
Houston also features: Andre Dawkins, who averaged just under eight points per game as a senior at Duke last year; Isaiah Canaan, who appeared in 22 games for the Rockets after
going undrafted being selected 34th overall in 2013; their 2014 second round pick Nick Johnson out of Arizona; and former Tennessee State star Robert Covington.
The Rockets' first round pick, Clint Capela, has been with the team in Las Vegas but he has not played in any of their games. So far as I know, he is not expected to play tonight.
Outside of Motiejunas, the Cavs should matchup pretty well in this game. The Rockets have a little bit of momentum, but they may be tired and emotionally spent after their comeback win yesterday.