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Two-year Illini, Alan Griffin, makes NBA 2K24 Summer League debut against Brooklyn Nets

Conor Blount
Former Illini Alan Griffin and the Milwaukee Bucks during a timeout in the first quarter. Through the first half both teams were neck and neck but a dominant third quarter from the Brooklyn Nets opened up the opportunity for Griffin’s NBA 2K24 Summer League debut.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets kicked off day five of NBA 2K24 Summer League with an entertaining first half. Both squads netted 22 points in the first quarter and 18 points in the second, with no indication that things would drastically change in the final 20 minutes.

Unfortunately for the Bucks, the third quarter was a completely different story. They struggled in just about every possible aspect of the game, giving up 35 points while only putting up nine themselves. Milwaukee had already used 14 different players to that point, but entering the fourth quarter it was clear even more of the bench would be emptied to finish the blowout. 

Trailing by 26 points opened up the opportunity for former Illini Alan Griffin to make his Summer League debut. 

Griffin spent two years with Illinois men’s basketball from 2017-19 and had not seen the floor in either of Milwaukee’s first two games, despite his father Adrian being the head coach.

A five-man substitution with 5:57 remaining in the game was Griffin’s method of entry and it did not take long for him to get started. Inbounding and taking the ball down the court after a Brooklyn free throw, Griffin was forced to pass after picking up his dribble. When his teammate was stood up at the right elbow, Griffin found the ball back in his hands and took advantage from 30 feet out. 

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    A couple of possessions later, Griffin looked for his shot once again and demanded the inbounds pass following a Nets layup. He traveled the length of the court in just seconds, but was collapsed on by several Nets defenders and blocked at the basket. 

    The Nets got out in transition and threw down an alley-oop, but the antics from Brooklyn’s Dennis Duke Jr. following the basket earned them a technical foul. Griffin took and made this shot, for his fourth and final points of the night. On the subsequent Milwaukee possession, Griffin tried one more time from deep but did not connect.

    Milwaukee moved to 2-1 overall following the 92-71 loss, and will play next on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. CT against the Miami Heat. 


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    Conor Blount, Assistant Sports Editor
    My name is Conor Blount. I’m a junior in aerospace engineering with a minor in computer science. I joined The Daily Illini in the summer of 2022 as a beat writer for the sports section and am now one of three assistant sports editors. My first beat was women’s tennis before I moved to women’s basketball in the spring. I also had the pleasure of covering several former Illini at the 2023 NFL draft and NBA summer league. If you have any questions, I can be reached at the email below.