Summer League Preview | Clippers vs. Grizzlies
Where: Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
When: Sunday, July 7, at 8:30 p.m. PT
Opponent: Memphis Grizzlies
With their first Summer League game, and a win, behind them, the Clippers take the floor Sunday, July 7 to face the Memphis Grizzlies at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas at 8:30 p.m. PT.
In last night's opener, the Clippers took down the Los Angeles Lakers, 93-87, with four Clippers notching double-figure scoring efforts.
“I’m more excited about this win we got and this group we’re building towards because we’re building from within and these guys showed tonight that hopefully we’ve got a great group on our hands,” Brian Adams, the Clippers Summer League head coach, said in a post-game interview.
2019 first round pick Mfiondu Kabengele impressed in his debut, leading all scorers with 21 points and notching a double-double (10 rebounds).
“He’s a little raw but can develop big. He’s also capable of hitting threes, he capable of attacking off the dribble, he’s very versatile for a big,” Adams said of Kebengele following the game.
Joining Kabengele on the Clippers summer league roster is his Florida State teammate, Terance Mann. Mann added five points and four assists against the Lakers. Both players bring a knowledge of one another’s game that will continue to play a role throughout Summer League play.
“I was really impressed with both those two guys and it’s obvious they played together,” Adams said of Mann and Kabengele.
Amir Coffey, who contributed 17 points and shot three of five beyond the arc, impressed Adams with his handle as well. “He’s a relentless worker,” said Adams, “he’s an NBA player on a stop, pushing it up…it’s definitely something that’s going to be fun to watch going forward.”
The Memphis Grizzlies started their summer play at the Salt Lake City Summer League, where they went 2-1. They began their Las Vegas play on Saturday, July 6, and took down the Indiana Pacers, 101-75. The Grizzlies have been without Ja Morant, their 2nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Morant, who is recovering from a minor knee surgery is unlikely to play in Las Vegas.