NBA Summer League: Lonnie Walker Exits with Ankle Injury in Loss to Bucks

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 12:  Lonnie Walker IV #18 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 12, 2018 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks advanced to the second round of elimination play at the Las Vegas Summer League with a 83-75 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. 

Journeyman Christian Wood paced Milwaukee with a game-high 26 points and 15 rebounds, while first-round pick Donte DiVincenzo was held scoreless in 10 minutes of action as the Bucks set up a showdown with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. 

Spurs first-round pick Lonnie Walker was similarly quiet with five points on 2-of-9 shooting before he hobbled off the floor with 3:27 remaining in regulation: 

Lina Washington @LWashingtonTV

Lonnie Walker IV has left the Spurs-Bucks game with an apparent leg injury with 3:27 left in regulation. Was on his hands and knees on the floor, then gingerly walked off with a member of Spurs staff.

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report

Lonnie Walker IV limped off just now for the #Spurs https://t.co/fGBn6b1SpY

According to NBA TV's Jared Greenberg, Walker was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle—which was the same ankle he injured during play at the Utah Summer League.  

If Walker sits out of the Spurs' consolation contest, he will leave Sin City having totaled 46 points on 18-of-53 shooting, including 3-of-11 from three, across four games. 

Despite those less-than-stellar numbers, Walker has done enough to justify praise from at least one executive. 

"He's been the best player in Vegas," the anonymous basketball operations employee told Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz on Thursday. "He can score, he's a great athlete. Plus, he's strong, and he's aware. He knows what's going on out there. I think he's going to be a star."