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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.

Tony ‘First Team All-Defense’ Allen and Mike ‘Masked Assassin’ Conley lead Grizzlies to Game 2 win over Warriors

Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

Stephen Curry received the Maurice Podoloff Trophy for winning MVP before Game 2.

Tony Allen played with a different honor on his mind:

Allen and Mike Conley – who returned from a broken face to score a game-high 22 points – hounded the Splash Brothers, leading the the Grizzlies to a 97-90 Game 2 win Tuesday.

The Warriors lost their first game of these playoffs, and with the series headed back to Memphis on Saturday tied 1-1, they’ll need to adjust to a new foe – Conley.

“It felt like I played 50 minutes tonight,” said Conley, who played 27 minutes after missing the previous three games. “But my teammates lifted me up.”

Memphis upped the defense, slowed the pace and held Golden State to its third-fewest points of the season.

Allen – who made first team All-Defense in 2012 and 2013 and should again this season – said Curry’s production “ain’t nothing I ain’t never seen before” and then helped make the MVP look as ordinary as we’ve seen this postseason. Curry scored 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting, including 2-of-11 from beyond the arc. Allen also began the game on Klay Thompson, who shot 6-for-15, 1-for-6 on 3-pointers and never got to the free-throw line.

“It wasn’t about making no adjustments,” Allen said. “It was just about not coming out here being lackadaisical.”

When Allen wasn’t bottling up one, Conley often checked the other Golden State starting guard. But Conley – whom Allen called the “Masked Assassin” – made his biggest impact offensively.

Beyond Conley’s own scoring, Zach Randolph (20 points, seven rebounds, four assists), Marc Gasol (15 points, six rebounds and three assists) and Courtney Lee (15 points) all looked more comfortable with Conley directing traffic and getting the ball to the right spots.

It seemed whenever the Golden State – which came back from a 20-point deficit to beat the Pelicans in the first round – threatened, the Grizzlies answered with a score. They held their lead from early in the first quarter. As unlikely as it seemed during their 21-game home winning streak, the Warriors just never generated much momentum.

“We want to play fast. They want to play slow,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “And they got the tempo where they needed it tonight.”

Report: Mike Conley to travel with Grizzlies, not expected to play in Game 1

Mike Conley

In a series where your team has to defend Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, you need all your elite perimeter defenders on hand.

Which is why the following is bad news for the Grizzlies heading into Game 1 on the road, via Gary Parish of CBSSports.com.

That is not a definitive no, but it isn’t likely he goes in Game 1 Sunday.

Conley suffered three facial fractures from an inadvertent elbow from C.J. McCollum in the last round, and on Monday had surgery to put two steel plates in his face to secure the bones. So, you can forgive him for missing some games. He was at the closeout Game 5 but his face was still very swollen. The rumor has been the Grizzlies hoped to have him back by Game 3 of this series, but there is no timetable. Less Conley means more Beno Udrih, Courtney Lee, and Nick Calathes.

This is a tough matchup for the Grizzlies in the best of circumstances. They have an elite defense but they struggle to defend in transition, they are average at running teams off the three-point line, and they are not great at stopping the ball handler coming off the pick-and-roll. Three things that are the core tenets of the Warriors game plan. It’s just a tough matchup for Memphis.

Conley would be a significant boost for Memphis, but his health must be the priority.