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Bronny James is The Star name in the Californian portion of the NBA Summer League. After his first performance as a pro – four points, two rebounds and two assists in a crushing loss to the Kings – it was understandable that fans were a little disappointed.

The second-round pick struggled to find his rhythm under the thumb of Sacramento's stellar defense. And he wasn't alone. Fellow rookie Dalton Knecht also had a tough time, as the two Lakers rookies combined to make just 5 of 21 shots from the field.

James also failed to overcome his opening-game nerves by making a comeback. The 19-year-old suffered knee problems and missed LA's second game on the Summer League schedule, which suffered another loss, this time to the Warriors.

The Lakers hope that three will prove to be the magic number on Wednesday when they face Kel'el Ware and the Heat.

It's not all doom and gloom for James, he can establish himself as a true NBA talent if he focuses on the fundamentals. The scoring of young talent is a mixed bag, especially on the Summer League stage. As Mavericks coach Jared Dudley explained, the focus is more on whether players can make an impact in other areas of the court, even if their playing time is limited.

Given James' influences – Derrick White, Jrue Holiday and Davion Mitchell – he will look to do just that against Miami.

How will James fare in his second Summer League matchup? Here's everything you need to know.

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How many points did Bronny James score today?

Here are James' stats at halftime of his NBA Summer League game against the Heat.

  • Protocol: 12
  • Points: 3
  • Setbacks: 2
  • Templates: 2
  • Thefts: 0
  • Blocks: 1
  • TOs: 2
  • Fouls: 0
  • FG-FGA: 1-3
  • 3P-3PA: 0-1

James' offensive performance was uneven in the first half. He made a few good cuts to the basket, finished with a long-range reverse layup early in the first quarter, and took contact that resulted in a foul in the second quarter. One three-point attempt was a waste for the Lakers rookie, who spent much of the 20 minutes playing off-ball against former St. Mary's guard Tommy Kahse.

James' true impact was on the other side of the court, where he was relentless. He blocked several passes during the third and showed off his advanced skills by navigating the blocks and staying in front of opposing defenders. When James was around, his opponents rarely found space and time to get unchallenged shots.

Highlights of Bronny James against the Warriors

James opened the game with a long-range reverse layup and intercepted Dalton Knecht's pass on the quick counterattack to score his first point of the day.

However, he really shone on defense, stripping the ball from his opposing guard and then passing to Colin Castleton for a chance at the free throw line.

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