Summer League: Lakers fall to Kings in California Classic title game

A second-half comeback wasn’t enough for the Lakers as they saw their chance to add to the Summer League trophy cabinet falling short Tuesday’s 87-75 win against the Kings.

It was a fallacious result as the Lakers trailed 76-75 and held the ball with a chance to take a lead with 1:40 left. But Sacramento finished the game on a 14-2 run and won the away game.

Jay Huff, one of the Lakers’ top players during the Summer League, did not play Tuesday, leaving the team with a huge hole figuratively and literally to fill.

A number of players rose, but none could match Keegan Murray, No. 4 overall in the Kings standings, on Tuesday when he posted a game-high 24 points.

Instead of a traditional summary, here’s a look at some of the key takeaways from the game.

The other guys do that

Fans signing up for the Summer League are likely doing so for a specific list of players. Whether it’s draftee Max Christie, two-way signings Cole Swider and Scotty Pippen Jr., or even undrafted free agent Shareef O’Neal, there’s a handful of names they’ll want to see.

This quartet scored a whopping goal against the Kings 16 points combined.

Instead, it was many of the other guys who showed up that day. Paris Bass and Vitto Brown each scored 13 points, but it was Javante McCoy who was the unsung hero with 15 points off the bench.

Max Christie’s defense against Keegan Murray

In three games, Christie has found it difficult to take offense. On Tuesday, however, he was put up defensively against No. 4 Keegan Murray and produced a string of positive results at that end of the floor.

Our very own Alex Regla posted his thoughts on Twitter, but here are a few highlights.

The focus on Christie’s offensive struggles is justified to a degree, but he’s also an enticing prospect from the other end of the stage. His wingspan allows him to fight back and compete, and that came Tuesday even though his physique was far from NBA ready.

Add some weight and muscle and it really becomes clear why the Lakers made their choice against him.

Next up is Las Vegas

After three games in San Francisco, the Lakers now have until Friday when they open the game in Vegas. The team will be guaranteed five games on the UNLV campus and will play against some of the league’s brightest young talents.

It will continue to be a big test for the likes of Christie as he tries to get his sea legs as well as a barometer of whether Swider and Pippen Jr. have got off to a hot start or could be two-way players to have one this season could contribute.

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