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Game Thread: Josh Giddey OUT for Pelicans-Thunder summer league matchup

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What will Trey Murphy do for an encore after his 26-point performance in the summer league opener?!

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - New Orleans Pelicans v Chicago Bulls Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

The New Orleans Pelicans will tackle the Oklahoma City Thunder at 6:00 p.m. tonight, with NBA TV broadcasting the game.

Josh Giddey has been ruled out ahead of today’s contest. He lasted only five minutes into OKC’s summer league opener due to a left ankle sprain. Not to worry, there will certainly be plenty of other things to grab your attention — these Pelicans were loads of fun in Monday’s 94-77 win over the Chicago Bulls.

While hoping to see Naji Marshall (18 points, five assists, three steals) or Trey Murphy III (26 points, nine rebounds, six 3s) repeat their performances from two days ago will top most fan lists, I’m now a little curious to watch the Pelicans newest two-way player, Daulton Hommes, more closely.

Hommes spent last season in Italy, posting a solid line of 16.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 threes for Vanoli Cremona. However, what really stands out were his shooting splits of 46.8 FG% / 42.7 3PT% / 86.3 FT%. Considering he attempted 6.9 3-point attempts per game as a 6’8 wing is super enticing — Duncan Robinson stands 6’7 and came out of nowhere because of his ability to really stroke the long ball.

As we witnessed in the victory over the Bulls, Hommes has no issues in looking aggressively for his shot. It’ll be interesting to see if he starts knocking the treys down at a much greater clip, as well as proving himself adept in other facets of the game.

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For your reading pleasure, Will Guillory took a good look at Devonte’ Graham on The Athletic and Clutchpoints’ Mark Haynes had an exclusive interview with Trey Murphy III, where the rookie divulged he thought he was the best player in a draft workout with the Warriors that also featured Davion Mitchell, Moses Moody and Chris Duarte.

“There was not a single workout where someone outplayed me. I feel like I was the best player on the floor, and as workouts progressed, I feel like I got better and better.”

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Who: New Orleans Pelicans (1-0) at OKC Thunder (1-0)

When: August 11, 6:00 p.m. Central

Where to watch: NBA TV, ESPN app

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