The odds were not in the favor of the Summer Grizz against the Blazers. The Blazers had played one less game in Vegas (tired legs showed their ugly faces tonight). The Grizzlies roster contained a total of six years of NBA experience, while the Blazers had an astounding 21 years. The Memphis staff also rested Jaren Jackson Jr. against the best frontcourt duo in Summer League in Caleb Swanigan and Zach Collins.
While Swanigan and Collins showed up to play, the Grizzlies frontcourt was practically nonexistent. Portland owned the glass 43-25 and both Swanigan (16) and Collins (12) individually out-rebounded every frontcourt Grizz combined (11).
Deyonta Davis was the most experienced NBA Grizzly active tonight and was perhaps the most underwhelming as well. He was completely dominated by Portland’s frontcourt duo all night, ending the game by fouling out. A final stat line of seven points and three rebounds for a third year player in Summer League is unexplainable and unacceptable.
Jevon Carter also cooled off from his scorching hot tournament play. He finished the game 3-13 from the field and also fouled out. Carter was off from the start of the game, but the guy plays 94 feet at maximum effort for every second he is on the floor. Fatigue certainly set in for Carter as he never got going.
There was some positives to take away from the loss last night. Kobi Simmons, Markel Crawford, and Brandon Goodwin carried the team scoring 69 of the team’s 92 points.
Simmons was aggressive attacking the basket, getting to the free throw line early and often, ending the night 10-12 from the line. His shooting was less efficient than desired going 6-15, but he pitched in six rebounds and three steals along the way.
Markel Crawford continued to show that he belongs on the court scoring 19 points off the bench. In the four tournament games, he averaged 16 points per game on 56% shooting from the field, 48% from three and 2.5 steals per game. Still looking for a three-and-D guy, Chris Wallace? Two-Way this guy today.
Another impressive performance was displayed by Brandon Goodwin and his 27 points. He was not very good from behind the arc, going 3-10, but ended the night leading the team in scoring. He has shown very well in Vegas and certainly deserves to be a Memphis Hustle point guard next season.
Sadly, the Grizzlies’ summer run has come to an end. The next time we will be able to see our team take the floor will be October 10 against Mo Bamba and the Orlando Magic.