The Portland Trail Blazers final game of their 2019 Western Conference Finals run was on May 20.
That was just 46 days ago.
And now, the young Blazers squad tips off Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday vs. the Detroit Pistons at 12:30 p.m.
This year’s Summer League will feature all 30 NBA teams along with the Chinese and Croatian National Teams, and will span over 11 days, with 83 games scheduled.
The event starts with all 32 teams playing four preliminary games each at the Thomas & Mack Center or Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV.
Of course, the talk of the town in Las Vegas at the moment is the matchup between New Orleans Pelicans forward and No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, vs. New York Knicks wing and No. 3 overall pick RJ Barrett. The Knicks and Pelicans square off on the first night of the event on July 5.
Leading up to the tournament portion of Summer League it will be a little different this year. The top eight teams are seeded for the tournament with the Championship Game held on July 15.
Teams that do not qualify for the tournament will each play a consolation game. Every team will play at least five games.
The 2018 Las Vegas NBA Summer League championship game featured a rematch of the previous year's teams, between the Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers, with Portland getting its revenge last year. Portland went undefeated on the way to beating the Lakers in 2018.
As the Blazers attempt to repeat as Summer League champions here are few things to keep in mind:
Portland is returning key contributors from last summer with Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr.
But Zach Collins, who is entering his third year in the league, will not play in Summer League this year.
Wade Baldwin IV and Caleb Swanigan were traded during the 2018-19 season after playing key roles on the Blazers summer team in 2018.
Over the last few days after Summer League practice, Simons and Trent Jr. have talked about how they mean business when it comes to repeating as Summer League champs.
Rules to keep in mind during the non-tournament portion of Summer League:
-- Each team is allowed one Coach’s Challenge during the entire game. If a team’s initial challenge is successful, it will retain its timeout (but not the challenge).
-- A player fouls out once he commits his 10th personal foul.
-- A team reaches the penalty either on its 10th team foul or 2nd team foul in the last two minutes of each period.
Rules during tournament games:
-- A player fouls out once he commits his 6th personal foul.
-- All overtime periods last two minutes.
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