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Grizzlies beat the Heat, advance to Summer League semifinals

A double overtime thriller in Vegas sees Memphis outlast Miami.

NBA: Summer League-Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies Summer League team defeated the Miami Heat’s summer squad in double overtime of the Summer League tournament’s quarterfinals by the score of 98-95. Wayne Selden once again paced the Grizzlies with 24 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Dillon Brooks added 14 points and four steals, while Vince Hunter posted a double double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Some takeaways from another big victory for the young Grizzlies out in Vegas.

  • Wayne Selden Jr. remains the man in Vegas for Memphis. He is easily one of the better players out in Summer League and continues to show he will be a factor in the rotation for the Grizzlies this fall.
  • Dillon Brooks continues to look more and more comfortable at this level. Granted this is only slightly above college competition in Summer League play, but it is still a step up for a rookie who was playing against other scholarship athletes just four months ago. His game is defined by his confidence - he believes in himself a good bit, and that shines through in his play. It isn’t always pretty, but that attitude will serve him well as he adapts to life as a professional.
  • Dear Grizzlies - please, please sign Vince Hunter to the second two-way contract that you have between the big league club and the G-League team, the Memphis Hustle. If you stand by your word and Brooks and Ivan Rabb are not signing two-way deals, that means you have room. And Hunter can play. Having him under team control would be worth it, and he and Kobi Simmons would work well together for the Hustle.

Just a thought.

  • Wade Baldwin IV continues to polarize the fan base as he provides both sides of the argument with ammunition. On one hand, he shot the ball horribly in this game (4 for 17 from the field, yuck) and only recorded two assists. On the other hand, he posted a double double himself (12 points, 10 rebounds) and did not commit a single turnover. He is nowhere near ready to contribute to the Grizzlies as of yet, but that does not mean he is a failed pick. He shows flashes. It is on Wade, and the coaching staff, to make flashes become steady play. We aren’t there yet.
  • Jarell Martin only played 18 minutes in this game and Coach Cyprien chose to go with players like Hunter, Brooks, and Wes Washpun in overtime. Granted when it comes to Brooks and Washpun that may have more to do with the Heat’s personnel - Miami went small a lot of the end of the ball game on their way to launching 34 threes, making 16 of them. But the fact that Hunter played in those situations more than Martin bears watching.

Martin has not had a great Summer League like he needed to. Whether this was to rest him, or because they felt Hunter was better, is an interesting question.

Memphis now plays the Portland Trail Blazers, and former Grizzlies Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes, in the semifinals on Sunday at 5 PM CT.

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