Wenyen Gabriel had the game he’s been waiting for Sunday night, finally.
The former Kentucky Wildcat flirted with a double-double in the Kings’ loss to the Clippers out in Las Vegas, tallying eight points and 10 rebounds in only 19 minutes of action. Gabriel had the only positive plus-minus on his team while playing more minutes than he’s played all summer.
Hopefully, the game will provide a confidence boost and more opportunities for Gabriel after his future with the Kings looked bleak through the early part of the summer. He’ll need to shoot the ball better next time out (he was 0-3 outside) because that’s where he’ll earn his money at the next level.
believe in yourself cause nobody else will
— UPM?N™ (@WenyenGabriel) July 4, 2018
We should all be extremely happy for Gabriel, but it would be remiss of me to not point out his involvement in the Cat-on-Cat crime late in the game. His former UK teammate and Clippers’ top draft pick, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, put the game out of the reach with a floater over Gabriel in the final minutes.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a really productive game today. Had a nice finish here with defense all over him and the long arms of Wenyen Gabriel waiting for him near the rim. pic.twitter.com/aeEBM0ih5j
— Aaron Johnson (@AJohnsonNBA) July 9, 2018
Wenyen is off today but he will be back in action with more to prove on Tuesday.