Summer League Squad Survives, Advances

Jul 14, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Howard and Cleveland Cavaliers center Josh Jeytvelt battle for control of a loose ball during an NBA Summer League game at Cox Pavillion. Cleveland won the game 69-58. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Wroten continues to take center stage on the Grizzlies’ Summer League team, leading the Grizz to their first win (and a timely one in the face of elimination) over Washington last night.

Wroten had 23 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds in 31 minutes, and hit 5 of 6 from the charity stripe (a marked improvement) in the 90-83 win. After holding the Wiz to an 8 point (!) third quarter, Memphis needed Wroten’s late-shot-clock three bomb with 1:29 remaining to stave off a Washington comeback and send the Wizards packing.

Notre Dame standout Jack Cooley continued his efficient play, grabbing 12 rebounds and dropping 20 points on 9-14 shooting (1-1 from 3). Cooley’s drawback is his tendency to collect fouls – but that kind of thing can be ironed out in the team’s training camp he will likely be invited to (don’t expect to see him on the roster, however). Also, his defense, especially when combined with Matt Howard, is emerging as a serious liability.

Donte Green added 16 points in the Grizzlies’ victory. Janis Timma, who has struggled in his American debut, played just 4 minutes.

Does the Summer League squad (minus Jamaal Franklin and Jon Leuer) finally have its act together? Turnovers and rough, reckless play still plague this bunch. Wroten is obviously at the center of the Grizzlies’ development plans, as he is apparently being told “just keep shooting!” (4-22 from three in four games? Yikes). It appears this squad needs his best performance if they want to win. We’ll find out tonight, when the Grizzlies go up against 5th seeded Charlotte at 5:30 CT.

Topics: Memphis Grizzlies

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