Rapid Reaction: Spurs finish Utah Summer League with win over Grizzlies

With Utah Summer League ending, Lonnie Walker looks forward to skeleton in Las Vegas, that doesn’t embody most outward of basketball.


Media: San Antonio Express-News



SALT LAKE CITY – Spurs partner manager Will Hardy had no idea of bothering his players on Wednesday.

Hardy’s devise was simple: Allow guys to get diagnosis in a morning and suffer a holiday though being worried with basketball.

“We’ve been together for 7 days straight,” pronounced Hardy. “So, it was a good day for them to get divided and get some rest.”

The Spurs rewarded their manager by shutting out a Utah Summer League violence a Memphis Grizzlies, 94-87, during Vivint Smart Home Arena.




Derrick White continued his plain play finishing with a team-high 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Chimezie Metu combined 9 points and 9 rebounds in a win.

The Spurs finish a Utah Summer League 2-1.


  • Derrick White finished with a team-high 26 points to assistance a Spurs flog a Memphis Grizzlies in a Utah Summer League on Thursday. Photo by Jabari Young

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Quick response: White got a Spurs off to a clever start, scoring 13 points in a initial entertain and converting 3 of 5 3-pointers. The group took a 25-20 lead after a initial 10 minutes.


The Grizzlies would respond, though.

Following a Cory Jefferson turnover, Kobi Simmons available his second take of a initial half and converted a fastbreak to assistance a Grizzlies start on a 12-6 run. Hardy called a timeout, and Lonnie Walker was unleashed.

Walker converted his initial margin idea of a diversion – a 25-foot 3-pointer – to cut a Grizzlies lead to one. Moments later, Walker got a asperse off a White assist, and afterwards nailed a 27-foot 3-pointer to give a Spurs a 41-38 lead during a 3:24 symbol in a second quarter.

Walker finished a entertain with 8 points on 3-of-4 shooting, while White sealed out a initial half with a game-high 21 points.


After a indolent start to a second, a Spurs finished a entertain sharpened 6-of-11 (3-for-4 from three), outscoring a Grizzlies 20-13 to take a 51-45 halftime lead.

Walker finished with 14 points and 3 rebounds in his second Summer League appearance.

Shooting for a stars: Led by White (5-for-8) a Spurs shot 60 percent from over a arc. Jeff Ledbetter scored all 9 of his points on 3-pointers, while Cory Jefferson shot 2-of-3 from three, finishing with 6 points.

Hardy credited a round transformation for a success from three.

“Last diversion a round transformation softened though tonight we were means to expostulate a ball, get in a paint, flog and find some open shooters,” pronounced Hardy. “When we’re means to expostulate north-south and get in a paint, there is a lot of open shots.”

The other rookie: With his father, former Spur Jaren Jackson Jr. in attendance, Jaren Jackson Jr. did not get off to a best start. He finished a initial half with 6 points on 1-of-5 shooting, though did modify 3-of-4 from a free-throw line.

Jackson finished a diversion with 8 points on 1-of-7 sharpened in 26 minutes.

Watchful eye: Olivier Hanlan perceived his initial ambience of diversion movement on Thursday. He checked in a diversion during a 4:23 symbol in a initial entertain and fast found Drew Eubanks for a layup.

Hanlan started a second half in place of Cory Jefferson. At a 6:43 symbol of a third, he connected with Jaron Blossomgame on a give-and-go to assistance a Spurs open a duration on a 10-2 run.

Hanlan finished a diversion with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Expect Hardy to give a maestro ensure some-more opportunities as a summer progresses.

Injury report: Point ensure London Perrantes (concussion-like symptoms) did not play on Thursday. The Spurs are anticipating he can play this weekend as play shifts to a Las Vegas.

Up Next: The Spurs will open a Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday opposite a Indiana Pacers.

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