The Cleveland Cavaliers solidified their dominance at the NBA Summer League as they clinched the championship title, defeating the Houston Rockets 99-78. This marked the Cavaliers’ first championship win since the inception of the tournament format in 2013.
The limelight shone brightly on Isaiah Mobley, who impressed with a double-double performance of 28 points and 11 rebounds. While he wasn’t picked for the all-tournament team, his performance stood out, securing him the game’s MVP award. Mobley’s attitude towards his omission from the all-tournament team was indicative of his singular focus, prioritizing the team’s victory above individual accolades.
The Cavaliers’ victory was a team effort, with other players making significant contributions. Sam Merrill, renowned for his proficiency from beyond the arc, tallied 27 points, sinking 6 of his 12 attempts from the three-point line. Emoni Bates also played a pivotal role, adding 19 points to the Cavaliers’ winning score.
On the Rockets’ end, Nate Hinton put up a commendable fight, leading his team with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Other significant contributors to the Rockets’ effort included Cam Whitmore with 14 points, Trevor Hudgins with 13, and Fletcher Magee, who added 10 points. Whitmore’s overall performance throughout the tournament earned him the accolade of the tournament’s MVP.
Prior to the championship game, Mobley had put up an impressive show in the Summer League. His clutch performance against the Brooklyn Nets, where he scored 23 points and made the winning shot in overtime, propelled the Cavaliers into the championship game.
Another notable figure in the Cavaliers’ winning journey was Sam Merrill. Known for his outstanding performances at the Thomas & Mack Center, Merrill’s 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left had previously secured the 2020 Mountain West tournament championship for Utah State.
As the Summer League concludes, the Cavaliers’ triumph sets an optimistic tone for the forthcoming season. The sterling performances of the team’s young talents, including Mobley, provide a promising outlook for the Cavaliers’ future prospects.