With only 8 players available due to a variety of reasons, the Philadelphia 76ers (4-1) found a way to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies (3-2) 91-75 in the Orlando Summer League Championship. Casper Ware, who found himself signing several 10-day contracts last year just to stay in the NBA, may have solidified his spot on the roster. He was asked to do a lot this game due to the fact that he was the only true point guard available.
The Sixers started off the game strong and ended the first quarter with a 21-15 lead. In the second quarter, the Sixers struggled to make a shot and the Grizzlies’ backcourt, led by Jamaal Franklin and Scottie Wilbekin, took advantage. The Grizzlies won the second quarter 27-14 which gave them a 42-35 lead going into halftime.
The middle of the third quarter is where things began to turn around. The Sixers played more aggressively and attacked the basket with purpose. The Grizzlies could not buy a shot towards the end of the third quarter and even into the fourth. Sixers General Manager Sam Hinkie must be very proud of the Summer League team that he assembled.
Game News and Notes:
- Casper Ware stepped up to the challenge of being the only point guard on the team with 19 points and 7 assists in 37 minutes of game action
- Hollis Thompson once again put on an impressive scoring display, showing he can score both inside and from three-point range (21 points, 8-15 from the field)
- K.J. McDaniels and Nerlens Noel both sat for precautionary reasons
- Aaron Craft did not play because he was en route to Las Vegas for the Vegas Summer League
- Travis Bader was finally able to get his jump shot back into good form both from mid-range and three-point range (16 points, 44% from behind the arc, 46% from the field)
- Ronald Roberts Jr. recorded a double-double and played well in place of Noel (12 points, 11 rebounds)
- Without Noel, the Sixers struggled to protect the paint on the defensive end