It was fill-in-the-blank-and-go-home Friday at the Las Vegas Summer League.
Neither a win or a loss could change the fact that the 14 teams in action during the inaugural consolation round were destined for hoops hibernation at their game's conclusion.
Even though the outcomes had no bearing on the tournament bracket, their importance for the players on the floor could not be overstated. This was their last chance to make an impression on actual or potential employers, and some did whatever they could to seize the moment.
Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum gave Sacramento Kings' fans a sweet parting gift. A forgotten prospect from years past reminded the basketball world of the tantalizing skills that first pushed him onto the hoops scene. And Austin Rivers set the stage for becoming the next talented addition to the new-look New Orleans Pelicans.
With just a handful of games left to enjoy before October, here are eight storylines to take with you into the long months ahead.