Jeremy Lin solid in NBA G-League debut but Santa Cruz Warriors fall to G-League Ignite

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Jeremy Lin scored 18 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Santa Cruz Warriors, who fell to the Walnut Creek-based team G-League Ignite 109-104 in the developmental league’s season opener in the bubble at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

Lin, playing in his first G-League game in nearly a decade, also had five assists and three steals in the contest.

But it wasn’t nearly enough to compete with Ignite, which had a 17-point lead going into the fourth quarter that Santa Cruz cut to three points multiple times with less than two minutes to play in the contest.

Lin — a Palo Alto High alum, former NBA phenomenon, and 2019 NBA champion — played last year in the Chinese Basketball Association, but signed with the Warriors’ developmental league team this past offseason to prove that he is healthy and capable of playing in the big league once again.

In the first of what he hopes will be 15 games in the bubble, Lin did nothing to disqualify himself from getting another NBA shot, playing smart and gritty on both ends of the court.

He was, however, outshined by former Warrior Jarrett Jack, age 37, who, like Lin, is attempting a return to the NBA. He scored 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting to lead Ignite.

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Kuminga — an elite prep player who eschewed top colleges to play in the G-League — also impressed for Ignite. Kuminga had a game-sealing block in the final seconds to go with his 19 points in the contest, with 13 coming in the first half. He also had four assists. ESPN projects Kuminga to be a Top-10 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, though that stock might rise with his strong performance Wednesday.

Jalen Green — a product of Napa’s Prolific Prep and another projected Top-10 pick that decided to play in the G-League instead of going to college — had 11 points for Ignite, including a highlight-reel worthy jam in the third quarter.

Former Bishop O’Dowd standout Brandon Ashley added 17 points for Ignite.

Golden State Warriors players Nico Mannion and Jordan Poole had up-and-down performances for the minor-league team. Mannion could not continue a strong first half, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting. Poole struggled with foul trouble in the first half, but scored 22 in the contest, going 7-for-21 from the floor.

Lin’s next chance to impress NBA scouts will be Friday at 4 p.m., when the SeaDubs will play the Delaware BlueCoats.

Contributed by local news sources

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