Young lifts Grizzlies to win
Sam Young scored 35 points, a 2010 summer league high, to help Memphis defeat the D-League Select team 101-85 in the final game of the night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Young hit 12 of 17 shots from the field and went 11-for-13 from the free-throw line for the Grizzlies.
Hasheem Thabeet added 21 points and a summer league-high 14 rebounds for Memphis. Thabeet made 7 of 8 from the field as part of the Grizzlies 59.1 percent effort from the field.
Mike Gansey scored 17 to pace the D-League team. The former West Virginia star hit 5 of 7 attempts from the 3-point line.
Over at Cox Pavilion, the Clippers opened up a 16-point halftime lead and held on for a 72-71 win over Portland.
After the Trail Blazers got within one in the final 10 seconds, Portland stole the inbounds pass. Dante Cunningham and Luke Babbitt each missed shots just before the buzzer to enable the Clippers to hold on.
Marqus Blakely scored 14 points to lead Los Angeles to its first win in the summer league. DeAndre Jordan added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cunningham paced Portland with 17 points.
While doing interviews after his own game, John Wall said he hoped to be able to settle into the stands to watch former Kentucky teammate and fellow first-round pick Eric Bledsoe play for the Clippers.
Wall got his wish and found a courtside seat just after tip-off. He really could have been sitting anywhere. Wall never took his headphones off in the first half and spent most of his time looking down at his phone and texting.
At one point, Bledsoe threw a perfect alley-oop lob just steps from where Wall was sitting and he never even looked up.
Hold the Mayo
Memphis star OJ Mayo played in the team’s first two summer league games as he attempts to gauge the viability of a switch to point guard.
The experiment was largely a failure as Mayo looked uncomfortable and committed far too many turnovers, 15 in two games.
He planned on playing just two games but said after the second poor outing that he may stick around and play more because he was disappointed with his efforts. Somebody thought better of it and Mayo not only didn’t play on Thursday night, but he wasn’t even on the bench.
It’s a good thing. The way it was going for him this week, he probably could have found a way to give the opponents the ball without even getting on the floor.
Clipper Darrell was at it again.
As his beloved team did its best to blow a 16-point halftime advantage, the superfan was yelling that each and every player would owe him 100 suicide runs if they blew the lead. Fortunately for Los Angeles, Portland’s last-second bids for the win fell short and they won’t have to do the extra work.
With that guy’s influence, you never know. The players may actually have had to do the suicides had they lost.