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Report: Grizzlies’ Jordan Adams undergoes minor knee surgery

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Jordan Adams was spending this summer working on his development, trying to prove to the Memphis Grizzlies’ staff he deserves a little more run.

That has been put on hold for a few weeks. Adams has undergone knee surgery, according to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal.

While the report is vague, if this is a basic arthroscopic surgery then Adams should be out the standard four-to-six weeks, which has him back and ready to go when training camp opens.

Adams played a limited role for the Grizzlies last season (he got in just 30 games), which on the surface seems a little odd considering their need for three-point shooting and his 40 percent rate from deep when he did get a chance. (He spent a lot of the season with Iowa in the D-League and Adams hit threes at a good clip there as well.) But Adams clearly could not earn the trust of coach Dave Joerger.

Adams may not have proved much more in Summer League, where he averaged 16 points a game in Orlando but shot just 34 percent overall and 18.2 percent from three. Maybe the knee issues had something to do with those percentages, but he did have a 20-point game against the Nets.

Adams is at the end of a growing guard rotation in Memphis. If he wants more run he’s got Courtney Lee and Vince Carter ahead of him — he’s going to have to provide more shooting, plus enough from the other parts of his game, to beat them out.

He should be healthy enough by training camp to prove he deserves that chance.


Matthew Dellavedova is the most improbable leading scorer of these playoffs

Matthew Dellavedova, Derrick Rose

LeBron James – at a level rivaled in the last decade by only the pre-Heat version of himself – has carried the Cavaliers throughout these playoffs.

Cleveland seemingly needed him more than ever in Game 6 against the Bulls on Thursday. Not only was Kevin Love obviously still out, Kyrie Irving left the game with a knee injury.

But LeBron was just 2-for-9 and hadn’t made a 3-pointer or gotten to the free-throw line midway through the second quarter. Cleveland trailed by one.

Enter Matthew Dellavedova.

Dellavedova – an undrafted second-year player best known for leg-locking Taj Gibson – led Cleveland with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-6 on 3-pointers, in the 94-73 series-clinching win.

How improbable was it that Dellavedova would lead a team in scoring during an NBA playoff game?

He averaged just 4.8 points per game during the regular season, and even with this outburst, he’s still averaging just 6.0 points per game in the playoffs.

None of the other 134 players, counting ties, to lead a team in scoring this postseason (gold) scored fewer points per game in the regular season than Dellavedova (wine):


Or in the playoffs:


Player Games as team’s leading scorer Points per game (regular season) Points per game (playoffs)
James Harden (HOU) 9 27.4 26.3
Stephen Curry (GSW) 7 23.8 27.8
LeBron James (CLE) 7 25.3 26.5
Blake Griffin (LAC) 7 21.9 25.4
Jimmy Butler (CHI) 6 20.0 22.9
Bradley Beal (WAS) 6 15.3 22.8
Marc Gasol (MEM) 6 17.4 19.6
DeMarre Carroll (ATL) 5 12.6 16.4
Anthony Davis (NOP) 4 24.4 31.5
Monta Ellis (DAL) 4 18.9 26.0
Chris Paul (LAC) 4 19.1 21.7
Derrick Rose (CHI) 4 17.7 20.3
Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 3 16.5 20.3
Brook Lopez (BRK) 3 17.2 19.8
Tim Duncan (SAS) 3 13.9 17.9
Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 3 16.4 17.5
Jeff Teague (ATL) 3 15.9 14.8
LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) 2 23.4 21.8
Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) 2 17.3 21.2
Klay Thompson (GSW) 2 21.7 20.8
DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 2 20.1 20.3
Kyrie Irving (CLE) 2 21.7 19.8
Dwight Howard (HOU) 2 15.8 17.3
Khris Middleton (MIL) 2 13.4 15.8
Paul Millsap (ATL) 2 16.7 15.3
Mike Conley (MEM) 2 15.8 14.9
Damian Lillard (POR) 1 21.0 21.6
C.J. McCollum (POR) 1 6.8 17.0
Joe Johnson (BRK) 1 14.4 16.5
Al Horford (ATL) 1 15.2 15.8
Paul Pierce (WAS) 1 11.9 15.8
Zach Randolph (MEM) 1 16.1 15.7
J.J. Redick (LAC) 1 16.4 15.2
Pau Gasol (CHI) 1 18.5 14.4
Nicolas Batum (POR) 1 9.4 14.2
Marcin Gortat (WAS) 1 12.2 13.6
Courtney Lee (MEM) 1 10.1 13.4
DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 1 11.5 12.8
Lou Williams (TOR) 1 15.5 12.8
Jarrett Jack (BRK) 1 12.0 12.3
Kyle Lowry (TOR) 1 17.8 12.3
Jared Sullinger (BOS) 1 13.3 12.3
Michael Carter-Williams (MIL) 1 14.6 12.2
Kyle Korver (ATL) 1 12.1 12.1
Deron Williams (BRK) 1 13.0 11.8
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 1 12.7 11.5
Amir Johnson (TOR) 1 9.3 11.5
Alan Anderson (BRK) 1 7.4 11.0
Mike Dunleavy (CHI) 1 9.4 10.9
Evan Turner (BOS) 1 9.5 10.5
Otto Porter (WAS) 1 6.0 10.3
Dennis Schroder (ATL) 1 10.0 10.2
Marco Belinelli (SAS) 1 9.2 9.3
O.J. Mayo (MIL) 1 11.4 9.0
Nene (WAS) 1 11.0 8.2
Ramon Sessions (WAS) 1 6.3 8.1
Beno Udrih (MEM) 1 7.7 8.0
Zaza Pachulia (MIL) 1 8.3 6.7
Matthew Dellavedova (CLE) 1 4.8 6.0

LeBron finished Game 6 with just 15 points on 7-of-23 shooting. He’d been 0-9 in the playoffs when scoring so little.

Of course, none of those previous nine games came with Dellavedova at his side.

Grizzlies rattle Warriors to take 2-1 series lead

Golden State Warriors v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

Klay Thompson dribbled on the perimeter, Tony Allen pestering him at every turn. Allen forced Thompson to lose control of the ball. Thompson recovered it and squared up to attack Allen again.

This time, Allen poked the ball away and stole it.

The Warriors – facing a stiffer-test than-expected test – kept hitting their head against the wall as they tried in vein to adjust during the Grizzlies 99-89 Game 3 win Saturday.

“We just tried to come impose our will,” said Zach Randolph, who did just that en route to 22 points and eight rebounds.

Golden State will attempt to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season in Monday’s Game 4, but that won’t be easy. Memphis is now 4-0 at home in the playoffs

Like in Game 2, the Grizzlies made Golden State uncomfortable through sheer physical force. The Warriors’ last two outputs of 90 and 89 points are their third-fewest and tied for second-fewest of the season.

Allen (four steals) keyed Memphis’ defense, and until struggling late, Marc Gasol (21 points and 15 rebounds) excelled offensively.

As Gasol’s production dipped in the fourth quarter, the Warriors went on a 20-5 run to cut a 19-point deficit to four. How did the Grizzlies, who surely know Golden State made a 20-point comeback to beat New Orleans in the first round, respond? Courtney Lee hit a big 3-pointer to help Memphis pull away.

The Warriors’ 67 regular-season wins just don’t intimidate the Grizzlies.

Golden State, on the other hand, looks a little shook.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 23 points, but he needed 21 shots. Thompson missed 3-of-4 free throws. Draymond Green shot 1-of-8, including 1-of-6 from beyond the arc.

“We just didn’t make open shots, and that was a good sign,” Golden State coach coach Steve Kerr said. “But I thought we got a little flustered because the shots weren’t going in.”

That doesn’t give the Grizzlies enough credit.

Memphis took its already-good defense up a notch. It’s not coincidental the Warriors are rushing their open shots. They look spooked by the Grizzlies’ pressure.

Can that change in two days? Definitely. The Warriors were too good this season to count them out, even down 2-1. But Memphis demands better from the top seed if it’s going to advance.

“This is kind of our moment of truth,” Kerr said.