Santi Aldama played his first minutes with the Grizzlies jersey in the team’s preseason. The pvot could not be released in the first meeting when a fire alarm went off that forced the FedEx Forum in Memphis to be evacuated and the clash to be suspended, but it did so in the beating of Hornets (98-128), although it had little prominence and barely came into play.
The Spanish player appeared on the list with 7:07 minutes remaining and the score was already a bulging 82-114. In the time he had, he caught two rebounds, missed a triple and lost a ball. While Aldama was on the track and throughout the second half, the Grizzlies limited themselves to keeping their wide advantage, built on a good first quarter (19-31) and an extraordinary second (24-42) that ended the game at halftime. (43-73).
The Grizzlies played their 15 troops, with which there was a great distribution of minutes, which also helped the amplitude of the scoreboard. The entire starting quintet shone, with all its members above ten points: Jaren Jackson (16 points and seven rebounds), Steven Adams (15 + 16), Desmond Bane (19 + 6), Ja Morant (16 points and eight assists) and De’Anthony Melton (11).
The most prominent in the Hornets were Terry Rozier, with 21 points, James Bouknight, with 17, and LaMelo Ball, with 13 and seven assists.