Lin, Smailagic flash skills again in Sea Dubs' G League loss


Jordan Poole and Nico Mannion have departed the G League bubble, but don't worry. Plenty of Santa Cruz Warriors highlights remain at the hands of Jeremy Lin and Alen Smailagic. 

Lin dropped 20 points, dished out four assists and grabbed four rebounds in Santa Cruz's 110-94 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday in what surely was an encouraging performance for the 32-year-old as he mounts a hopeful return to the NBA. 

Lin finished on 8-of-15 shooting, and showcased his long ball by knocking down a couple of 3-pointers in the process.

Smailagic only played 12 minutes in the loss Friday, but the big man flashed some fancy footwork during his time on the hardwood, finishing with six points, four assists and two rebounds. 

Smailagic and Lin are on different paths when it comes to rejoining Golden State. 20-year-old Smailagic figures to be a possible help option at center, while Lin doesn't have a contract with Golden State and would have to force the Warriors to release a player in order to sign him. 

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However, if Lin continues to excel in his G League efforts, it could force the Warriors to make some tough decisions.

Less than a week remains of G League games, and with the season winding down, expect both Smailagic and Lin to continue churning out the highlights as they aim for their next opportunity in the NBA.

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