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Grizzlies vs. Heat Scrimmage: How to watch/what to watch for

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Memphis Grizzlies v Miami Heat Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images

WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (32-33, 0-2 in scrimmage schedule) vs. Miami Heat (41-24, 1-1 scrimmage schedule)

WHERE: ESPN Wide World of Sports - The Arena in Orlando, Florida

WHEN: 1:00 P.M. CT

HOW TO WATCH: Streaming on League Pass



Memphis: Justise Winslow (Out, hip)

Miami Heat: Kendrick Nunn (Out, Self Isolating), Bam Adebayo (Out, Self isolating)


Memphis: Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jonas Valanciunas

Miami: Gordan Dragic, Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, Derrick Jones Jr., Myles Leonard

The Miami Heat’s starting five is subject to change as Kendrick Nunn and Bam Adebayo joined the team in Orlando on July 22nd. Above are the self quarantine rules when joining the bubble in Orlando. If Nunn and Adebayo are approved, the two could be available to Miami for this afternoons matchup with Memphis.

The Memphis head in to their third and final scrimmage before their 2019-20 season restarts on Friday against Portland. For being a scrimmage, this is one of the more exciting games on the season for both sides. Former Grizzlies Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill will face Memphis for the first time, along with the third guy in the trade - Andre Iguodala.

A matchup that many thought we’d have to wait for until 2021 will take place this afternoon between the young Memphis Grizzlies and the Miami Heat. Off the court drama aside, this is a great matchup for Memphis for their final game of scrimmage action.

Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The Finishing Touches:

Through two scrimmages in the last week, Memphis has shown solid progression. Progress defensively from game one to game two was evident, and working with possible rotations for when the season officially return for the Grizzlies on Friday continued.

This afternoon, Memphis will put the finishing touches on what has been a solid but inconsistent preseason/scrimmage showing. Getting multiple players some run in these games was a priority, but we should see a full test run this afternoon against Miami.

The starting five won’t change (as of now), but who comes off the bench at the two guard spot will be something to watch between Josh Jackson, and Grayson Allen. Along with the guard spot, another question will be how involved Anthony Tolliver will be off the bench for the Grizzlies after a solid showing against Houston on Sunday night.

What to expect from the Grizzlies in their finale:

For Memphis, their continued progression on the defensive end will play a huge role tomorrow. On the flip side, the Grizzlies shooters continuing to get their shots up, in hopes of finding a rhythm will be huge.

The Grizzlies shot 24.3% (8-33) from deep against the Rockets on Sunday night, as their wings continued to struggle from deep. Not only do they need to improve from range, but offensive efficiency will be something to watch from the starters and the bench units as Memphis has shot below 40% in both of their scrimmages this season. They are that ranked in the top 10 in Field Goal percentage (7th 47%).

Rotations, drama, and basketball - what more could we ask for in a scrimmage (preseason) finale?!

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