Buddy Hield will look to atone for a game 1 that saw him shoot an inefficient 5-20 from the field and contribute 4 turnovers. In his post-game comments, Hield was fully aware of his sour performance but believed he would quickly be able to adjust to the pace.
On Saturday, Hield spent time in the video room and recognized that he tried to play too quickly. He made a promise that one of his three alter-egos would emerge on Sunday -- 'Buddy Buckets.'
Buddy Hield, man of many no nicknames, promises "It's Buddy Buckets tomorrow."— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) July 10, 2016
The Utah Jazz also lost their opening game of the Las Vegas schedule, an 88-73 loss to the Washington Wizards. However, an 0-3 record in the Utah Summer League suggests they should probably be considered one of the lowest tiered teams in the field. Thus, today's test should provide solid feedback for just how well the Pelicans compare with the rest of the competition.
The Jazz have been led by Trey Lyles, the 12th overall pick in the 2015 Draft. After averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds in three games in Salt Lake City, Lyles poured in 28 points, 3 treys, 5 rebounds and 2 steals on Friday against the Wizards.