Pete's Perspective: Summer League Game 3
The Memphis Grizzlies knocked off the previously unbeaten Charlotte Bobcats at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center by a 97-79 count.
Don’t guffaw at the phrase “previously unbeaten Charlotte Bobcats,” even if it is Summer League. Charlotte, which set an NBA record for the lowest regular season win percentage in league history last regular season, put out four roster players in their starting five – Bismack Biyombo, Byron Mullins, Kemba Walker and Cory Higgins.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies had just one guy from last year’s roster in the lineup: Josh Selby.
And that’s pretty much the story right there. Selby continued his otherworldly three-point shooting, draining 7 of 11 from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 32 points. Let’s stop right here and contemplate that the second-year player out of Kansas has hit 19 of 26 from long range in the first three games. Grab your calculators, punch in the numbers and prepare to be amazed.
You’ll see 0.73076923 on the screen.
That kind of brilliance demands eight decimal places. There are a fair number of guys who don’t shoot 73% from the free throw line, let alone 24 feet from the basket. And yes, I know that it is Summer League, but how many guys could hit 73% from deep in an empty gym?
Selby does it with flair, legs splaying out, bright yellow headband and arm sleeve on his left arm. Running up the floor after dropping in consecutive threes that busted a 24-all tie after one quarter, you could see the slightest of smiles.
It was a smiley kind of afternoon for the Grizzlies who, once they got a little separation from the Bobcats thanks to an 18-4 run off the top of the second quarter, never saw the lead dip into single digits. The Grizzlies shot an even 50% from the floor and scored at least 20 points in every quarter – and remember, quarters in the NBA Summer League are just 10 minutes long.
In talking with Summer League coach Lloyd Pierce, he was most pleased with how the Grizzlies shared the ball, racking up 23 assists to just 12 miscues with the ball. Tony Wroten, who played both on and off the ball, had eight of the assists (by way of comparison, the Bobcats as a team had just nine). Wroten continued to struggle with his shot, missing six of nine, but contributed with aggressive defense and enlightened playmaking.
The Grizzlies also shored up their horrific rebounding and outworked the Bobcats 36-32, including 16 on the offensive end. Deon Thompson, who may work his way into a training camp invitation, came off the bench with a game-high eight boards plus two blocks. Another guy looking to see if he can get a ticket to Memphis in October, Jerome Randle, pumped in 12 points (all in the second quarter) and dished up four assists without a turnover.
- The second overall pick in the draft, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, was once again kept on the sidelines. He injured his left knee against Sacramento and the Charlotte staff pledged to not play him until the injury is completely healed.
- The Bobcats finished their Summer League schedule winning four of their five games. The Grizzlies are now 2-1 with a Saturday date with Phoenix (9 pm CT at Cox Pavilion) and a Sunday matchup with Minnesota (7 pm CT at Cox Pavilion). Catch both games on NBA-TV or NBA Broadband (Summer League package is only $4.99).
- Both Lionel Hollins and Chris Wallace spent some quality time on NBA-TV with Vince Cellini and Steve Smith during the game telecast.
- ony Allen’s younger brother Ryan saw his first Summer League action and recorded two rebounds and two assists.
- Kevin Clark, currently enlisted in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso after a deployment to Afghanistan, also got his first playing time and recorded a bucket.
- The Grizzlies are averaging 19.7 forced turnovers per game.
- fter shooting 32.6% from three in the regular season, the Grizzlies are hitting 46% of their three-point attempts in Summer League. Also, the Grizzlies are averaging slightly less than ten three-point makes per game; in the regular season, the Grizzlies were 27th averaging four makes per game.