With the revelation of the matches that will be on the menu this Sunday, the names of the two finalists of this Summer League 2022 have also been revealed as Blazers and Knicks will face each other in the hope of winning a championship ring. Someone told them it’s worth nothing this one?
The program for this Sunday:
- 9 p.m.: Blazers-Knicks (final)
- 10 p.m.: Bucks-Raptors
- 11:30 p.m.: Suns Pacers
- 00:00: Thunder Pelicans
- 1h30: Wizards-Warriors
- 2 a.m.: Nuggets-Jazz
We would almost come to believe that everything has been done for these two teams to reach this final. A week ago, at the announcement of the presentation of rings to the champions of the Summer League, we decided with ease, but above all pleasure, to winnow Chris Paul. But it was forgotten that the League is actually populated by potential ring chasers, regardless of the competition involved. Yes, after so many expectations, New York and Portland fans have never been so close to seeing their franchise win a new bagouze, as the latter will face off this Sunday at 9 p.m. (French time) for the title of champion of the Summer League 2022, thus succeeding the Kings who will therefore not have been able to defend their crown. Shouldn’t ask too much either. How ironic all the same to have a poster opposing two of the teams that struggle the most in their quest for the title of NBA champions. So yes, of course, you will tell us that the two franchises were in the 70s, but don’t make us believe that you were all there to watch it live. The question that therefore burns all our lips is this: in the event of a victory for the Blazers, will Damian Lillard also be entitled to a ring? Not that we’re worried about the guy’s ability to get it on his own, but it’s always good to have a fallback.
The Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks will meet in the NBA 2K23 Summer League Championship Game on Sunday, July 17 at 12PM PT, airing on ESPN.
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Still, this meeting is still rather attractive on paper! Knicks side, although it does not dream like that, the McBride-Grimes-Sims trio was clearly oversized for this Summer League, and therefore quite naturally carried the New York team during the four games with an average of 51.6 points with nearly 53% in shooting. Add to that a rather comfortable Feron Hunt during the exercise (11.8 points at 51%) and you simply get one of the best offensive teams in this summer league. On the Blazers side, we thought that after the injury loss of the phenomenon Shaedon Sharpe, number 7 of the 2022 Draft, Portland would be content to watch the time pass. Nay. In the wake of a solid defense, the best in the championship in terms of points conceded (75.8 average), the winners of the competition in 2018 were able to count on their NBAers like Greg Brown III, Lukas Garza, Trenton Watford but also and above all Keon Johnson. Drafted by… the Knicks in 2021, the point guard notably planted 25 points on the face of the Rockets two nights ago. Two teams with rather different profiles therefore, and who offered us a more honorable show than average in their four matches. If the competition more often resembles the local playground tournament than the NBA Finals, this confrontation between Knicks and Blazers for the title of champion should nevertheless keep all its promises, so we will of course go fuck ourselves in front of our screen this Sunday evening .
If we often tend to make fun of the level of play offered in the Summer League, we have to recognize that this is an important moment for all the youngsters who participate in it, and that there is a very specific reason to the fact that we are not in their shoes. With a ring to pick up at the end, the latter will undoubtedly offer us an ultra-competitive confrontation to complete this month of July in Vegas. Finally, we ask for nothing more.