All eyes in the NBA neighborhood were tuned in to Las Vegas on Tuesday night, as the 2 leading choices in the 2021 NBA draft — Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham and Houston Firecrackers guard Jalen Green, respectively — fought it out in their very first expert video game versus each other. Unsurprisingly, the 2 placed on a program.
Green, while going a choice listed below Cunningham, dominated in this match. The G-League Ignite item scored 25 points in thirty minutes of action, tearing down 3 3s, 6 containers, and 10 totally free tosses.
The Firecrackers went on to win the match 111-91.
Nevertheless, Cunningham, too, was excellent. The very first general choice scored 20 points and had 4 rebounds and 3 takes. He likewise was the facilitator of a series of spectacular passes that, if transformed by his colleagues, would have most likely netted him over 10 helps.
“My chip is incredibly huge. It began at draft night when I got prepared number 2. I felt I was number 1.”
Jalen Green on having a chip on his shoulder pic.twitter.com/nbwaGYpiNh
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 11, 2021
In their specific matches on the court, Cunningham likewise got the ultimate victory. In a one-on-one on the top of the three-point line, Cunningham feigned a drive right, and silkily dribbled the ball behind his back, stopped, and sunk a 3 – taking Green’s ankles at the same time.
Nevertheless, in a post-game interview, Green exposed he was not all too worried with the buzz around his and Cunningham’s competition. Rather, he’s more concentrated on playing group ball.
“I seem like I managed it quite well,” Green stated to the Houston Chronicle. “I might have managed it a lot much better. I was attempting to get my colleagues included. I understand I had a great deal of turnovers. However I was still attempting to get everybody included and not make it a one-on-one fight in between me and Cade. I might have reversed and did that for myself, however we wind up getting the win so that’s all that matters.”
Cunningham shared a comparable belief.
“I understand what the buzz and whatever was entering into the video game, which’s a provided,” he informed The Athletic. “My primary objective was to enter and get the chemistry right with our young core and figure each other out. I was simply attempting to enter and play my video game.”
Quickly enough, we’ll have the ability to see these 2 fight with their main NBA lineups, for several years to come.