Ball won’t face Fox as Summer League loses marquee matchup

Lonzo Ball will have to wait for another shot at De’Aaron Fox. Their summer showdown Monday was canceled.

The Lakers decided to rest their prized pick because of a groin injury, sitting him out of their NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas against Sacramento and fellow rookie point guard Fox.

Fox dominated when Kentucky blew by UCLA in the NCAA Tournament, scoring 39 points to Ball’s 10. LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s outspoken father, would later say his son was playing with an injured hamstring.

If true, the No. 2 pick already knows there’s no use trying to stay with the faster Fox at less than 100 percent. The Lakers said Ball, who struggled in his first game but responded with a triple-double in his second, had a sore right groin.

Fox, the fifth pick, averaged 17.5 points and four steals through his first two games.

The matchup of California point guards was expected to headline an eight-game day that included a matchup between Golden State and Cleveland, who met in the last three NBA Finals. A look at the games:


DeAndre’ Bembry scored 17 points and John Collins had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Atlanta improved to 2-1. Diamond Stone, acquired from the Clippers in a three-team trade with Denver, had 12 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes.

The Bulls shot 22

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