/N.B.A. Summer League Opens With Buzz (Lonzo Ball) and a Sprained Ankle (Markelle Fultz)

N.B.A. Summer League Opens With Buzz (Lonzo Ball) and a Sprained Ankle (Markelle Fultz)

Ball’s performance on Friday did not exactly match the hype: 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 points and 2-of-15 shooting as the Lakers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 96-93. On Saturday, though, he finished with a triple-double — 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists — in the Lakers’ 86-81 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Fans oohed and aahed at Ball’s behind-the-back passes, as well as his ability to read the court and find his teammates in transition. When he completed a no-look pass, Johnson and Pelinka fist-bumped. Sometimes his vision was too good: His teammates fumbled bullet passes on multiple occasions.

“I definitely felt better — better game — but like I said, we didn’t get the win, and that’s all we care about,” Ball said after Saturday’s game. “So until we win, we aren’t going to be happy.”

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De’Aaron Fox, top draft pick of the Kings, trying to get past Marquese Chriss of the Suns. Fox had 18 points, 4 assists and 5 steals.

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