The Celtics tackle the Grizzlies in a matchup of two of the final Four unbeaten groups in Las Vegas. Getting into Wednesday’s motion there have been 5 groups nonetheless undefeated. The Pistons received on Wednesday to go up Four-Zero. The Warmth and Timberwolves confronted off with the Wolves popping out a Three level winner to go up Four-Zero and the Warmth completed Three-1.
Because the Celtics face the Grizzlies, one group will end an ideal Four-Zero whereas the opposite will be a part of the Warmth at Three-1. Each of those groups final performed on Tuesday evening with the Celtics beating the additionally undefeated Nuggets and the Grizzlies beating the Suns 79-69.
The Grizzlies prime decide, Ja Morant is just not enjoying for them in Summer season League as a consequence of a knee damage. Grayson Allen, the 21st decide by the Jazz final season who got here to Memphis within the Mike Conley commerce, was anticipated to play for the Grizzlies in Vegas however was a scratch on the final minute and hasn’t performed.
The Celtics have been with out Romeo Langford who’s recovering from off season thumb surgical procedure. Rob Williams missed Tuesday’s sport with a proper hip bruise and is questionable for this sport. Guerschon Yabusele, who missed the final sport with a finger damage, has been waived by the Celtics.
The Celtics are principally rookies and undrafted gamers whereas the Grizzlies have some extra skilled gamers. Each groups have proven nice chemistry and each groups are profitable with protection. A win would assure a spot within the match going ahead. This needs to be a enjoyable sport to observe.
Carsen Edwards G 6’1”
Jon Elmore G 6’Three”
Tacko Fall C 7’6”
Javonte Inexperienced G 6’Four”
Aaron Harrison G/F 6’Four”
Romeo Langford G/F 6’6”
Chinanu Onuaku C 6’9”
Kendrick Ray G 6’2”
Max Strus G/F 6’6”
Tremont Waters G 5’11”
Grant Williams F 6’7”
Robert Williams III C 6’10”
Gamers to Watch
Carsen Edwards has been the star of the Celtics Summer season League group to this point. He leads the group with 19 factors per sport together with 2.7 rebounds, 1.Three assists, and 1.Three steals. He’s enjoyable to observe and needs to be within the Celtics common season rotation this season.
Grant Williams leads the Celtics in +/- within the three video games to this point. He has had +21,+20, and +16 within the three video games to this point. He’s averaging 11.Zero factors, 6.7 rebounds, 2.Zero assists, 1.Three steals, and 1.Zero blocks per sport. Above and past the stats, he performed superb perimeter protection and he was speaking all sport, getting gamers in to the fitting spots.
Tacko Fall has been a fan favourite in Vegas, however greater than that, he has been a strong participant for the Celtics. He’s averaging 7.Three factors, Three.Three rebounds, and 1.Zero blocks. He has modified numerous photographs and is far faster than most anticipated him to be each on protection and getting up and down the ground. Most Celtics followers are hoping to see him in inexperienced this fall. Javonte Inexperienced is an athletic participant who has been enjoying effectively on each ends of the court docket. He’s averaging 11.Zero factors, Four.7 rebounds, Three.Zero assists and a pair of.Three steals. He’s price watching and can most likely excite the gang with a dunk or two as effectively.
Peyton Aldridge F 6’eight”
Shaq Buchanan G 6’Three”
Bruno Caboclo F 6’9”
Jevon Carter G 6’2”
Brandon Clarke F 6’eight”
Keenan Evans G 6’Three”
Dusty Hannahs G 6’Three”
Tyler Harvey G 6’Four”
Lyle Hexom F 6’eight”
John Konchar G 6’5”
Ben Lawson C 7’1”
Paris Lee G 6’Zero”
Doral Moore C 7’1”
Ivan Rabb F/C 6’10”
Simsola Shittu F/C 6’10”
Julian Washburn F 6’eight”Yuta Watanabe F 6’9”
Photograph by Bart Younger/NBAE by way of Getty Photographs
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Grant Williams vs Brandon Clarke
This can be a matchup between the 21st decide (Clarke) and the 22nd decide (Williams) from this 12 months’s draft. Clarke is averaging 13.Zero factors, 1.5 assists and 6.Zero rebounds for the Grizzlies whereas Williams is averaging 11.Zero factors, 6.7 rebounds, 2.Zero assists, 1.Three steals, and 1.Zero blocks per sport.
Gamers to Watch
Brandon Clarke was the 21st decide of the Oklahoma Thunder and traded to the Grizzlies on draft evening. Clarke is averaging 13.Zero factors, 1.5 assists and 6.Zero rebounds for the Grizzlies of their Three Summer season League video games to this point.
Tyler Harvey was the 51st decide within the 2015 draft and performed final season for the Memphis Hustle within the G-League. He was with the Magic for Three.5 years earlier than being traded to the Grizzlies. He’s averaging 13.Zero factors, Three.Zero assists, 2.Zero rebounds.
Bruno Caboclo was the 20th decide within the 2014 draft. He performed Three.5 years for the Raptors and half a 12 months for the Kings earlier than becoming a member of the Grizzlies final 12 months. He’s averaging 12.5 factors, 1.5 assists and 6.Zero rebounds.
Yuta Watanabe went undrafted in 2018 and is a 2 means participant with the Grizzlies. He’s averaging 13.5 factors, 1.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds.
Keys to the Recreation
Protection – Protection is at all times the important thing to profitable. Each of those groups have been enjoying good protection. The Grizzlies are permitting simply 73 factors per sport. The Celtics must match their defensive depth to get a win on this one.
Vitality and Effort – The Celtics must play with vitality and further effort to get this win. The Grizzlies are the hardest group they’ve confronted in Summer season League to this point and they should play laborious from begin to end. The Grizzlies have an expertise benefit and the Celtics will want an effort benefit to counter that.
Expertise – The Celtics have principally rookies and gamers who haven’t been within the NBA whereas the Grizzlies have a number of gamers who’ve been on NBA groups for a number of years. Will the Celtics rookies be as much as the matchup?