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What should you be looking for in tonight’s Grizzlies game?

2017 NBA Draft Combine - Day Two Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Grizzlies take on the Sacramento Kings tonight in Vegas for their second game of summer league. The Grizzlies won their first game against the Wizards in thrilling fashion with Wayne Selden finishing with a game winner. The Kings dropped their first game against the Suns, but the Kings have a roster that is much better compared to what the Grizzlies saw agains the Wizards.

Here are some things to look for in tonight’s game.

When: Sunday, July 9th, 2017: 9 pm CST

Where: Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NBATV

The Rade Defense

Rade Zagorac will have to look to be better on defense tonight vs the Sacramento Kings, but that will prove to be difficult against quality NBA players. Zagorac will be going up against the likes of Justin Jackson and Skal Labissiere. Skal did not play well his last summer game, but Jackson dropped 18 points. What Rade does against an even higher quality player today will really show how he matches up against other players defensively. It could be a long day for Rade if he can’t stay in front of anyone again.

It will also be important for Rade to keep shooting again tonight. If he can find his shot and score the basketball from behind the arc, that might be able to hid his defensive mistakes somewhat.

Offensive Woes of Deyonta

Head Coach Glen Cyprien will look to get Deyonta Davis going on offense early tonight. It’s clear that Davis can rebound the ball really well, especially in the Summer League, but what he does on offense will be interesting to see. In the game against the Wizards, Davis looked scared to shoot the ball in any post up situation, however the Grizzlies can get still him going by putting him in high pick and rolls with Deyonta diving the baskets for easy buckets.

Davis is going to have to find his offensive game to be able to contribute to the Grizzlies going forward, being able to just rebound the ball doesn’t work anymore in the NBA. The coaching staff wants him to be more involved, wants him to get touches, but most importantly they want him to roll to the basket on the initial pick and roll. Davis doesn’t alway dive to the basket right away, so that decreases his offensive threat for the Grizzlies.

Wade vs Fox

Wade Baldwin IV will be playing against a top quality point guard in De’Aaron Fox. Fox was really impressive in his first game against the Suns with 18 points, 4 assists, and 5 steals. It will be interesting to see how well Wade can stay in front of Fox. Fox has an impressive change of pace and even more impressive finishing ability. The Grizzlies may choose to try and hide Baldwin on defense by letting Selden guard Fox, but it’s summer league so I would expect to let Baldwin guard Fox and see what happens.

If that occurs, Baldwin will have spend a lot of energy on defense and might not have the stamina to continue scoring like he did in the first game. How Wade handles one of the best point guards in summer league will be something to watch.

The Selden Streak

Wayne Selden going off for another 20+ points might be something that actually happens again today and it would not surprise me in the least. Selden will be going up against top draft prospect from last year in Buddy Hield. Hield scored 16 points on a very inefficient 5 of 16 shooting in his first game of summer league. Buddy Hield is a really good shooter and that probably wont continue over to this game against the Grizzlies.

How Selden plays on defense today will be something to watch as well. He played great against the Wizards, I would expect him to keep it up against the Kings. The better Selden does, the louder the “Selden the starter?” questions will become.

The Younger Guns

Dillon Brooks and Kobi Simmons will be out on the court again putting in serious minutes for the Grizzlies. Both players were very mediocre in their debut, so it will be interesting if they stand out in any way against even better players than they faced in the Wizards game. Hopefully Kobi’s passing ability will stand out again, because it was pretty fun to watch. Brooks will continue to look and find his shot, but he has to find a way to impact the game.