2 takeaways from Cavaliers’ Summer League W against Grizzlies

Sam Merrill, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers kept up their hot streak in the Summer League, as they won their third straight game against the Memphis Grizzlies. They currently have the best record in the Summer League at 3-0.

The Cavaliers blew out the Grizzlies, as they won by 23 points, which funnily enough, was the same point differential that the Cavs had against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. During the first half, the score was somewhat closely knit. It was only a nine-point game, so there was definitely room for a comeback.

However, during the third quarter and 4th quarter, the Cavaliers outscored Memphis by 14 points, which led them to getting the victory. The team brand of basketball the Cavs played was really impressive, as Cleveland had 23 assists compared to Memphis’ 17 assists.

One really key part of the night was Cleveland’s nine-of-18 shooting from distance, a blistering 50 percent. The Cavs’ ball movement plus the amazing shooting from the whole squad really gave Cleveland the boost they needed to be able to pull away with the victory, which as of now, they go into the game against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday with all the momentum in the world.

The Cavs’ victory is really impressive, as they have the highest point differential for any Summer League team, at +16.7 points per game. This team is bulldozing through their opposition, and now they have a really great chance to win the Summer League title.

Their team style of basketball was really impressive, but, there were two players who really stood out tonight. Those players, we will get to in a minute. Before getting into those two players, let’s some other key contributors.

Craig Porter Jr. played really well as the team’s sixth man, and put up 12 points and six rebounds, along with two offensive boards. He also had six assists, a steal and had the Cavaliers’ second-best plus-minus of the whole game at plus-22.

Khalifa Diop played pretty well, too. Even though he only had two points, his defense was there. He also grabbed nine rebounds, which was really important. The rebound battle helped Cleveland win, as they had a plus-five rebound advantage throughout the whole game.

With that all being said, here are my two key points from the Cavs’ victory, starring Cleveland’s two stars from the most recent game.