The first half featured plenty of highs and lows for Oladipo. He had a corner 3-pointer on the fastbreak and two dunks – the second one coming off a backdoor cut and a perfect pass from Kyle O’Quinn. But he also turned the ball over on his first two possessions in the game and he had some defensive troubles against Tony Allen.

Vaughn said after the game he likes the relentless effort that Oladipo brings to games, and he wants him to keep it up because his energy and his competitiveness are his biggest assets for now.

``If he’s diving on the floor and doing his job every night, I’m not going to tone him down. I’m going to encourage that,’’ Vaughn said. ``I’m going to encourage him to play defense with energy and effort every night, to dive on the floor and get a possession for your team – those things are important. So I don’t see me changing or diluting that instruction at all.’’

Vucevic responded to the challenge of facing Gasol early on. He had a thunderous left-handed dunk over the Memphis center just minutes into the game. And following two tip-ins, Vucevic had a first quarter with nine points and five rebounds. Had he not been playing limited preseason minutes, Vucevic likely would have been in line for another big statistical night. He finished the first half with nine points and nine rebounds – four of the boards coming on the offensive end of the floor.



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