Up-and-down Summer League for Grizzlies closes with loss to Spurs

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At times it felt like 2-way contract man Kenneth Lofton Jr. was carrying the Memphis Grizzlies 2022 Summer League squad during Saturday's matchup against the Spurs. Lofton shot 10 of 16 overall from the field going 2 of 3 from the 3-point arc with a double-double 27 points and 12 rebounds on the evening. But Lofton's performance, along with a somewhat inefficient 19 points from Grizzlies rookie David Roddy, wasn't enough to overtake the San Antonio Spurs summer squad that came into this game without a summer league win in Las Vegas. Final: Spurs 90 Grizzlies 87

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Saturday loss to the Spurs (1-4 in 2022 summer league play) closed an up-and-down summer session for Memphis (2-3 in 2022 summer league play/2-1 in Salt Lake City summer action). One bright spot was Memphis' ability to score (Top 10 through those 5 games/88.8 PPG) while holding opponents to 87.3 points per game (middle of the pack).

What's next for the 2022 summer squad Grizzlies teammates?

Overall the walkaway appears to be that the Memphis Grizzlies are loaded at the point guard position with rookie Kennedy Chandler joining an already talent squad in that slot. His athleticism and ability to defend should work well in limited minutes as he mixes in with All-Star Grizzlies starter Ja Morant and backup point guard Tyus Jones. David Roddy looks like a stronger addition than fellow 1st-round pick Jake LaRavia. And Lofton likely played himself into further consideration for extended run beyond the Memphis Hustle G-League squad.

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