Who: Memphis Grizzlies (2-1, 16 points) vs Houston Rockets (0-3, 3.5 points)
When: Thursday, July 10th, 5:00 PM CST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
Watch and Listen: NBAtv, Summer League Live
Discuss: 3SOB on Twitter
You may have blinked for a second and shifted your eyes to this NBA free agency madness or lack thereof, but just like that, we’ve approached the final game of the Orlando Summer League “regular season.” Today the Grizzlies square off against the bottom-feeding Houston Rockets squad, which is the only team in Orlando yet to bring home a W.
The Grizzlies as a collective were able to bring it home against the hosting Orlando Magic on Tuesday in an 80-73 victory, but on the individual levels, the performance rang up a bit under par. For starters, the birthday boy Jordan Adams, who had set the bar remarkably high for himself with his showings in the first two matchups, failed to deliver on even a modicum of the expectation, bringing forth a 2 point, 0-6 field goal outing against the pesky defensive pressure of Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo. On the bright side, however, he’s still perfect from the stripe thus far, registering a 17-17 free throw line.
Adams wasn’t alone in the “meh” department on Tuesday as far as the actual Grizzlies players were concerned, as Jamaal Franklin posted another 2-fer line (2-8) from the field in 20 minutes of action, and the Euro-stashed Janis Timma sat out of the game, entirely. Of the bunch, Jarnell Stokes was the most encouraging with an 11 and 12 double-double, but it did take him 11 shots to get those 11 points. Of the other notably relevant guys on the squad who may be receiving training camp invites, Scottie Wilbekin (5 assists, 3 steals) showed poise running the pick-and-roll and defensive aggression, while Okaro White wiggled his way to the free throw line where he sank 7-8 attempts. The real stars of the show for the Grizzlies team, however, were Terrico White and Kalin Lucas, who each found themselves in double figures on greater than 50% shooting.
The opposing forces for this evening boast few true NBA hopefuls, but include Arizona’s Nick Johnson, who made waves for his baptism of Tim Olbrecht earlier in the week, scoring guards Isaiah Canaan and Jahii Carson, and former Memphis Tiger Chris Crawford.
Sitting currently at 16 points, the Grizzlies could conceivably supplant the incumbent first place Phliadelphia 76ers team with a performance worthy of greater than 6 points this evening. To reach this total would require the good guys to win the game (4 points) as well as gain 2.5 points from the quarter battles (1 point for winning a quarter, 0.5 for tying). However, the hosting Orlando Magic are also lurking for the top spots as they sit just a game back from the Grizz heading into today’s contest.
If you’re super late to the party, take a deeper look at the Grizzlies’ summer team, and be sure to check back in the coming days as we chronicle the concluding portion of the Orlando Summer League experience.
Lastly, be sure to give me a shout on Twitter @StevieDanziger for more on the Grizzlies’ Summer League endeavors, the NBA offseason, and all sorts of unsolicited banter.