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Jaden Hardy struggles from field as Dallas Mavericks lose to Jazz in Summer League

Dallas Mavericks, Jaden Hardy
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The Dallas Mavericks could not buy a shot for the first three quarters in Las Vegas on Monday night. Both teams got off to a slow start, but the Utah Jazz found their footing in the second quarter. Dallas did not find it until the fourth quarter, but it was too late. They cut it to one in the final minute, but the Jazz held on for the 83-82 win.

Mavericks' second-round pick Jaden Hardy struggled in his second game in Vegas. He was coming off an impressive 28-point opener, but the 20-year-old rookie could not find his shot on July 11. Hardy finished with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block. He made just four of 15 from the field with four turnovers and seven fouls.

The Mavs fell to 0-2 in the Las Vegas Summer League. They had a shot to win both games, but Dallas came up just short. Still, the Mavericks had multiple standouts in their loss to the Jazz.

Jaden Hardy and Dallas Mavericks struggle from the field in Summer League loss to Jazz

For the second straight game, A.J. Lawson was impressive. The 21-year-old rookie had 15 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks in 33 minutes. He made six of 11 from the field as the 6’6 wing attempts to earn an NBA contract.

Jerrick Harding went off for team-high 18 points on eight of 14 shooting from the field. The 6’1 guard had two assists, one steal, and one block in 23 minutes of action.

Derrick Alston Jr. had 13 points and three blocks on four of five shooting from the field in 26 minutes.

The Mavs struggled to deal with Tacko Fall on Monday night as the 7’5 big man had 12 points, 15 rebounds, including 12 offensive, and three blocks. His size was problematic as he propelled the Jazz to the win.

The Dallas Mavericks’ summer league squad does not get any time to rest as they face the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at 10 p.m. CT. It will be interesting to see how Jaden Hardy bounces back after a rough night. The 20-year-old is going to draw plenty of attention. How will he respond? Stay tuned to find out.

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