Memphis Grizzlies (5-1) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (6-0)
Monday, July 15 at 9:00 PM ET
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Brandon Clarke made a dunk with 10.7 to play in overtime and the Grizzlies beat the Pelicans 88-86 on Sunday in the NBA Summer League semifinals. Clarke finished the game with 23 points, including four in overtime and he grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Grizzlies.
Tyler Harvey, whose 3-point shot tied the game in regulation, added 13 points and Bruno Caboclo had 12.
Clarke, who was taken with the 21st pick in the NBA Draft after a trade with the Thunder, wasn’t able to join the Grizzlies until the NBA cleared the deal and it became official on July 6 and in four games he is averaging 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds.
The Grizzlies will take on the Timberwolves, who beat the Nets 85-77 in the other semifinal on Sunday, behind 20 points from Naz Ried.
Aside from Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop, the rest of the core Summer League roster from the Timberwolves are players looking to make a name for themselves and stay with the team.
Reid, an undrafted power forward out of LSU, got off to a slow start by scoring nine points with three rebounds and seven points with two rebounds over his first two Summer League games but he is averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in his last four contests.
The Timberwolves won despite shooting just 33.3 percent from the field, turning the ball over 17 times and getting outrebounded 53-44. The Grizzlies also had 17 turnovers in their win against the Pelicans and they were just 8-for-36 from 3-point range (22.2 percent).
Both teams clearly have to take much better care of the ball in order to win this Championship and improving their shot selection will be vital. This will be a close, fun-to-watch contest.
Grizzlies +3 (-110)
Timberwolves -3 (-110)
Over 171 (-110)
Under 171 (-110)