Where: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
When: 8:30 PM PT
How to Watch: ESPN2
Projected Starting Lineups
Grizzlies: Tyler Harvey - John Konchar - Bruno Caboclo - Yuta Watanabe - Ivan Rabb
Clippers: Jerome Robinson - Amir Coffey - Terance Mann - Nigel Hayes - Mfiondu Kabengele
Grizzlies: Dillon Brooks, Ja Morant, and Jaren Jackson Jr. are out
Clippers: Jerome Robinson Questionable (Illness)
What to Watch For
- Jerome Robinson’s aggression: Clippers fans had high hopes for the second-year lottery pick, but Jerome disappointed in Game 1 yesterday against the Lakers, looking lethargic and only playing a handful of minutes in the first half. The Clippers said after the game that he was sick, which would both explain the lack of minutes and fatigued-looking play. Nonetheless, if he is cleared to play tomorrow, hopefully he takes a firmer grasp of the game, especially on offense. As a second-year player who got some real NBA minutes, and a fair amount of run in the G-League, Robinson should look too good for Summer League. If healthy, he should be able to demonstrate that level of play tomorrow.
- Mfiondu Kabengele hitting the offensive glass: Mfiondu had an up-and-down Game 1 in a Clippers uniform. He put up impressive stats, but struggled defensively, and was often shoved out of the way by bigger players for rebounds or buckets inside. However, one area he was unambiguously great in was on the offensive glass. Fi collected six offense boards in just 25 minutes, mostly through his tremendous activity and effort, as he consistently outworked his opponents. It will be interesting to see if that holds up in Game 2, as there might be more of a “scouting report” on him tonight. If Fi is kept off the glass, how he bounces back to contribute in other ways will be fun to watch.
- Terance Mann handling the ball: Terance Mann is a 6’8 wing who handled the ball some in college, but certainly wasn’t a point-forward or anything of the sort. Therefore, it was interesting that the Clippers had him as their primary ball-handler for much of the game against the Lakers. Mann had a few moments where he missed easy looks, turned the ball over, or held onto the ball too long, but he mostly looked pretty good, making some nice cross court passes and consistently playing with his head up to look for teammates. Mann seemed to be a taller Sindarius Thornwell out of college, but if he can legitimately handle the ball and make plays for others, he has an NBA future regardless of his shot coming around.
- Other notable performers: Several of the Clippers’ non-roster players looked good in Game 1. Amir Coffey made plays all over the court, and was extremely aggressive in scoring the basketball. He got a little shot-happy, but showed promise as a shooter and energy guy. Derrick Walton Jr. was the Clippers backup point guard, and looked highly competent getting the team into their actions and moving the ball. He also drained two threes, including a tough, contested look off the dribble from the top of the key, and appeared just as comfortable off ball as on. Finally, David Michineau demonstrated his proven abilities as a veteran professional, easily carving to the basket and dishing out assists to teammates. The three of those guys could all be in the running for two-way spots if they keep their level of play up.
- All we are saying, is give these guys a chance: Three of the Clippers Summer Leaguers got no minutes in Game 1: Isaac Humphries, Tramaine Isabell, and Robert Carter. I’d expect all of them to get at least a look in Game 2, as the Clippers coaching staff presumably wants to see each player enjoy a taste of action in Vegas.
That’s about it. Hopefully this game is a bit more entertaining than the snoozefest against the Lakers, and that the guys who matter for the Clippers stand out.